Hundreds of state employees were honored in Tallahassee Friday for their innovative and cost-saving ideas.
Tallahassee, Florida - Florida's state workers had a good year when it came to saving money, according to government watchdog group Florida TaxWatch.
TaxWatch presented awards Friday to state employees who led the way in productivity and innovation over the past year during the 2012 Prudential-Davis Productivity Awards.
TaxWatch reports state government saved $509 million as a result of new ideas from state workers.
The group is handing out hundreds of awards to honor the best and brightest employees.
Florida TaxWatch President Dominic Calabro says these employees went above and beyond the call of duty.
"With all the challenges that these state employees have had, some have gone without raises and the like, but these are men and women who are still dedicated to good public service and it shows that when men and women are dedicated, they're proficient, they're dedicated, committed and they're recognized and rewarded they'll do a lot more of it."
The top award went to a six-member team at the State Board of Administration that figured out a way to close out lingering claims from the 2005 hurricane season. Their efforts saved taxpayers $130 million.
Since 1989, TaxWatch has recognized thousands of state workers for producing more than $7 billion in cost savings and added value.