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Photo Caption: At Monday’s City Council meeting, Council members presented the award to representatives from the Finance and Communications Departments. Pictured L-R: Councilman Keith Roche, Councilwoman Victoria Jones, Melissa Hardegree, Manager of Marketing & Tourism; Derrick Turner, Budget Analyst; Keith Lee, Director of Finance; Mayor David Still; Councilman Bob Clark, Councilman Glenn Martin, and Chuck Warbington, City Manager.
Highest form of governmental budgeting recognition granted to City Finance Department.
The City of Lawrenceville has been awarded the “Distinguished Budget Presentation Award” for its budget presentation by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA). This award represents a commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting and is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting.
The City of Lawrenceville’s published budget document had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation designed to assess its ability to serve as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide and communications device. The budget document must be rated proficient in all four categories, and in the fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award.
“We are proud of our Finance Department and the Citizens Financial Review Committee for attaining this notable achievement,” said Chuck Warbington, City Manager. “To receive this award in the first year of participation speaks volumes about our knowledgeable and well-trained staff and for the accuracy and transparency of our budget process and documentation.”
The City of Lawrenceville is one of only 363 government entities to receive this award out of 1,600 program participants in the U.S. and Canada. The GFOA is judged by an impartial panel in order to maintain the program’s high standards and integrity. Lawrenceville Finance Director, Keith Lee added, “This was a collective effort across City departments and citizen committees, and we are extremely proud of the resulting document and of this award. We appreciate the leadership of the Mayor and Council that enabled our team to achieve this level of excellence in our first year of participation.”
The City of Lawrenceville has already begun planning for the new budget year - FY2021. Fiscal year for the City runs from July – June. To view the award-winning annual report, go here.