CENTER, Texas (April 11, 2017) – The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) is pleased to announce that the City of Center, Texas, has received the GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its budget.
“The City Council and staff are committed to the concept of transparency in our organization. We have worked for years to develop our budget document into one that presents complex information in a manner that can easily be understood,” explained Center Mayor David Chadwick. “We are honored that a national organization has recognized these efforts.”
The award represents a significant achievement by the City. It reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of government budgeting. In order to receive the budget award,the entity had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation.
These guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity’s budget serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide, and a communications device.
Budget documents must be rated proficient in all four categories and the fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award.
When a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award is granted to an entity, a Certificate of Recognition for Budget Presentation is also presented to the individual or department designated as being primarily responsible for its having achieved the award. This has been presented to the Administration department.
For budgets beginning in 2015, 1,565 participants nationally received the Award. Award recipients have pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide an excellent example for other governments throughout North America. Center City Manager Chad Nehring described, “Staff worked extremely hard to allow Center to earn the distinction of being one of the smallest rural Texas communities to receive this award. The only other cities in our region to earn this honor are Tyler, Longview, Lufkin, Texarkana, and Huntsville.”
The Government Finance Officers Association is a major professional association servicing the needs of more than 18,000 appointed and elected local, state, and provincial-level government officials and other finance practitioners. It provides top quality publications, training programs, services, and products designed to enhance the skills and performance of those responsible for government finance policy and management. The association is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with offices in Washington, DC. The GFOA’s
Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting.