For the 29th straight year, the city of Coon Rapids has received a national award for its budget document.
The city has been presented with the Government Finance Officers Association’s Distinguished Budget Presentation award.
To receive this designation, a governmental agency must publish a budget document that meets the program criteria as a policy document, as an operations guide, as a financial plan and as a communications device, according to City Manager Steve Gatlin.
“This is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting and represents a significant achievement by our organization,” Gatlin said.
Only about 20 other cities in the state are recipients of this award, said Kevin Vouk, managing of accounting and city treasurer.
“We are in competition with other cities in the finance department,” he said.
The association has members from the United States and Canada, according to Vouk.
Vouk, who was presented with the award by Mayor Tim Howe at the Sept. 3 Coon Rapids City Council meeting, thanked the council for its support of the program and work of the finance department.
“I think it’s important to recognize this award and of the fine work of our finance department,” Howe said.
“The finance department do a tremendous job in a tough job.”
The Government Finance Officers Association established the Distinguished Budget Presentation awards program in 1984 to encourage and assist state and local governments to prepare budget documents of the very highest quality that reflect both the guidelines established by the National Advisory Council on State and Local Budgeting and the association’s best practices on budgeting, and then to recognize individual governments that succeed in achieving that goal, according to the association website.
Documents submitted to the budget awards program are reviewed by selected members of the association’s professional staff and by outside reviewers with experience in public-sector budgeting, the website states.
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