The Government Finance Officers Association recently announced that the City of Chattahoochee Hills has received its third GFOA's Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its FY2021 Budget.
This award represents a significant achievement by the municipality, according to City Manager Robert Rokovitz, and reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting.
In order to receive the budget award, the city had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed to assess how well the city's budget serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide and a communication device.
Budget documents must be rated "proficient" in all four categories, and in the fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award.
"Submitting the budget document to GFOA, while not required, in hopes of earning this recognition is just one way we willingly and with great transparency illustrate how taxpayer monies are allocated," said Rokovitz.
"We are very honored to be bestowed with this award for the third year in a row as it serves as a benchmark in our efforts to be the best stewards of taxpayer dollars while further illustrating how the city places substantial emphasis on its fiscal integrity in every aspect of municipal operations, Rokovitz said.
There are over 1,600 participants in the Budget Awards Program. The most recent Budget Award recipients, along with their corresponding budget documents, are posted quarterly on GFOA's website. Award recipients have pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide an excellent example for other governments throughout North America.
Government Finance Officers Association is a major professional association serving the needs of more than 19,000 appointed and elected local, state and provincial-level government officials and other financial practitioners.
The association is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with offices in Washington, D.C.