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User-friendly citizens’ guide to county finances also released


WHEN:                 Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners Meeting
                              Tuesday, April 20, 2010 (Time Certain 10:00 a.m.)

WHERE:               BCC Chambers
                              6th Floor, Governmental Center
                              301 North Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach

WHY:                   Clerk & Comptroller Sharon Bock will present the “Fiscal Year 2009 Year-End Financial Review” to the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners. The annual presentation, based on the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), will provide an overview of the County’s financial health as of the end of FY2009. This presentation provides a chance to stimulate public dialogue on county finances as officials start making budget decisions for next year. It will address the increase in select county expenses, decrease in revenues, upward trend in debt, effects of economy on investments and other key financial factors.

Clerk Bock also will release the fourth edition of Checks & Balances: Your Guide to County Finances, an easy-to-read report that puts information about County revenue and spending right at citizens’ fingertips.  This user-friendly guide, produced annually by the Clerk & Comptroller’s office, offers citizens a roadmap to understanding their county government, answering questions about how taxpayers’ money is spent, effects of the sluggish economy, the impact of tax reform, and much more. An online version will be available soon on the Clerk’s Web site, www.mypalmbeachclerk.com.

The Florida Constitution established the independent office of the clerk & Comptroller as a public trustee, responsible for safeguarding public records and public funds. Clerk Sharon Bock is directly elected by and accountable to Palm Beach County residents.  In addition to the roles of Clerk of the Circuit Court, County Recorder and Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, the Clerk & Comptroller is the Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Auditor for Palm Beach County.

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