A city’s financial health has far reaching effects. We all have good reason to care about our local government and economy. Good news for Sanibel Island homeowners, residents, visitors and business owners is that the City of Sanibel is right on track, even gaining recent national recognition for their financial planning.
The Island Sun shared the news that this month, the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) notified the city that they were one of the selected government agencies to receive the GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the City’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget document. Through the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award Program, GFOA promotes the importance of superior and thoughtfully planned budget documents. It encourages and aids state and local governments in their yearly financial preparations.
GFOA evaluated submissions based on the quality of the document as a financial plan in addition to how well it functioned as an operations, internal and external communications guide. Therefore, as an award recipient, it’s evident that officials of the City of Sanibel value strategic planning, transparency and ultimately, the residents. The City of Sanibel Finance Director, Sylvia Edwards, and Accounting Operations Manager, Steven C. Chaipel, both additionally received Certificates of Recognition.
For all these reasons and more, we think it continues to be a great time to consider Sanibel Island Real Estate. There is great appeal in a place that is safe, where we can trust our neighbors and elected officials––add to that the sunshine and water, beaches and sea shells, places set aside for natural and wildlife preservation, excellent restaurants and shops, spectacular homes and a vibrant, lively community.