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DPVFD to present Fill the Boot check, city to honor finance office at next council meeting

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The Deer Park Volunteer Fire Department will present a check for over $6,500 to the Muscular Dystrophy Association during the September 19 City Council meeting, following a very successful “Fill the Boot” campaign in August.

The meeting will begin at 7:30 PM in the City Hall Council Chambers, and the public is encouraged to attend.

“On behalf of the entire Deer Park Volunteer Fire Department, we would like to thank the citizens of Deer Park for their incredible generosity during the ‘Fill the Boot’ campaign,” said Justin Crow, DPVFD Deputy Chief, Station 2. “Altogether, we were able to raise $6,572.34, which will go to the Muscular Dystrophy Association to aid in their fight against neuromuscular diseases. Thank you, Deer Park!”

In addition to being a valued fundraising effort, DPVFD Assistant Chief Phillip Arroyo said “Fill the Boot” provides a unique opportunity for one-on-one interaction with residents.

“We are very grateful to our community members for participating in ‘Fill the Boot’ and for taking time during the event to talk with our department members,” he said. “We value the chance to get to know our residents, answer any questions they may have and show them we’re here to serve the community.”

For more information on the Deer Park Volunteer Fire Department, visit

The City of Deer Park’s Finance Department, recently learned from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) that – for the 30th consecutive year – the City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) was awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.

The GFOA established the CAFR Program in 1945 to encourage and assist state and local governments to prepare comprehensive annual financial reports that evidence the spirit of transparency and full disclosure to the public.

As stated in an August 2017 GFOA news release, “The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.”

“I was very pleased to receive notification from the GFOA that the City has once again been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting,” Director of Finance Donna Todd said. “The award would not be possible without the dedication and hard work of the staff of the Finance Department and the contributions of other City departments.

“I appreciate the ongoing support of the Mayor, City Council, City Manager and Assistant City Manager in planning and conducting the financial operations of the City.”

Mayor Jerry Mouton said he was incredibly proud of the continued effort and dedication on the part of the Finance Department and the City of Deer Park as a whole.

“Our Finance Department and our City administrators have worked diligently and consistently to secure this important recognition every year since 1987,” Mouton said. “These strong financial management practices lead to many benefits for the City, such as higher bond ratings and lower interest rates on financing for major projects.

“I would like to invite all of our residents to attend the City Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 19, where we will recognize the tireless efforts of our Finance Department and Director Donna Todd.”

As explained on the GFOA Web site, reports submitted to the GFOA for the CAFR award program are reviewed by selected members of the GFOA professional staff and the GFOA Special Review Committee (SRC), which comprises individuals with expertise in public sector financial reporting and includes financial statement preparers, independent auditors, academics, and other finance professionals.

For more information about GFOA or the CAFR Award Program, visit For additional information on the Sept. 19 City Council meeting, visit