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Budget office earns highest scores ever on 2016-17 plan

Post Date:06/01/2017 12:01 PM

The City of San Angelo’s Budget Division has again earned the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada, this year scoring higher than it ever has before.

The GFOA said the award for the 2016-17 budget reflects the City’s commitment to meet the highest principles of government budgeting. Winners must satisfy recognized guidelines for effective budget presentations. Entries are judged on how well they serve as:

  • A policy document.
  • A financial plan.
  • An operations guide.
  • A communications device.

To earn the award, budget documents must be rated proficient in all four categories and the 14 criteria within those categories.

The Budget Division has won the award for many years running. The Finance Department also annually earns GFOA honors for its comprehensive annual financial report, commonly known as the City’s audit report, and the state comptroller’s Leadership Circle Award for financial transparency.

“Financial transparency is valued by the City Council, the Finance Department and Budget Division, and the City as a whole,” Budget Manager Morgan Chegwidden. “We hope this and the other honors we typically win reassure our taxpayers that the City’s financial matters are an open book.”

At its June 6 meeting, the City Council will recognize the Budget staff – Chegwidden and senior budget analysts Walt Wilkinson and Kimberly Rennspies. The 2016-17 budget, which spans the current fiscal year, can be accessed at cosatx.us/budget.

The GFOA is a nonprofit professional organization serving nearly 18,000 government finance professionals throughout North America. Its Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting.

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