Recognition of the award was made during Monday’s County Commission meeting.
Prior to the meeting, finance director Lynn Burns received a commemorative plaque in recognition of the award.
This is the fifth year the county has received the award.
Burns said although following the guidelines necessary for the award takes more time than simply displaying numbers, it is worth it.
Guidelines include dividing the budget into sections by department, supplying graphs and explaining the relationship between personnel and funding.
Burns said it really allows taxpayers to see how the money is being used.
Burn said she first heard the county had been named a recipient on Jan. 25.
The award was created to encourage a uniform method of budget presentation throughout the country.
“The award is the highest form of recognition in government accounting and finance reporting,” according to a press release from the office of Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis.
Only 21 local governments in Tennessee received the award for the 2012 budget.