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Chattahoochee Hills receives Distinguished Budget Presentation Award


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  • Nov. 16, 2021 - 2:15 PM

Chattahoochee Hills receives Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

The Newnan Times-Herald

The Government Finance Officers Association recently announced the city of Chattahoochee Hills has received its fourth GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its FY2022 Budget.

This award represents a significant achievement by the municipality, according to City Manager Robert Rokovitz.

Rokovitz said it 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 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 and presented to the public,” Rokovitz said. “This year’s submission was quite a bit more challenging as GFOA changed several criteria to be ‘mandatory’ instead (of) ‘recommended’ for data that we have no current method of collecting or creating. While we were cited for not being proficient in these areas, we were not penalized as this was the first year for these new requirements. Our plan is to address the deficiencies and establish some data collection methods in order to earn this award again next fiscal year.”

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.

It provides 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, D.C.