City Staff Recognized for Quality of Budget Work

The City of Fresno has been honored with a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from an international organization for meeting “the highest principles of government budgeting.” The award is given by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA), an organization dedicated to enhancing the professional management of governments for the public benefit.

The City’s Budget and Management Studies Division received the award for its FY2010 budget presentation. In order to receive the award, the division had to satisfy a variety of GFOA guidelines designed to assess how well the City’s budget serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide, and a communications device.

The award represents a significant achievement and reflects the commitment of the City of Fresno and its staff to producing top-quality budget documents, which assist citizens and others in becoming more fully informed participants in the budgetary process. This is the seventh consecutive year the City of Fresno budget division has received the GFOA award.

Mayor Ashley Swearengin commended Budget Director Renena Smith and her staff for their achievement. “Better budget documents contribute to better decision making and enhanced accountability across the organization, “she said. “Our budget team works incredibly hard to provide us with this essential tool for effectively managing the City’s fiscal resources.”

The Government Finance Officers Association is a nonprofit professional association serving over 17,600 government finance professionals throughout North America. The GFOA's Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting.