Galveston County received Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

Galveston County has been awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its budget. According to a GFOA news release, the award represents a significant achievement by Galveston County. “It reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting,” the news release stated. “In order to receive the budget award, the entity had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation.” The guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity’s budget serves as a policy document, a financial plan and operations guide and

First responders get realistic training on vacant homes

More than a hundred Galveston County first responders tested their life saving skills in real-life scenarios during a rare training opportunity. The project was part of the local government's push to take homes set to be demolished and turn them into a temporary training ground. The training took place at the site of the former Blue Jay Apartments in Texas City on June 29, before crews began demolition. Through state funding and a partnership with DSW Homes, the old duplexes will be replaced with 26 new single-family homes and renamed The Oaks at Blue Jay Drive. “This gives them the chance to do training, they can knock down and do exercises,” Pct. 3 Commissioner Stephen Holmes said. “It’s t