For the 18th consecutive year, the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has bestowed the “Distinguished Budget Presentation Award” to the City of Wilsonville Finance Department for the fiscal year 2015-16 budget document.
In notifying the City about the award, the GFOA states “This award is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting and represents a significant achievement by your organization.”
The award reflects the commitment of the City and Finance staff to meet the highest principles of governmental budgeting standards. The GFOA award recognizes that the Finance Department has met or surpassed nationally recognized accounting guidelines for effective budget presentation. The guidelines define how successful the City’s budget serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide, and a communication device.
Mayor Tim Knapp states, “We have been, and continue to be, the recipient of very good budgeting work for a very long time and we are very pleased to see this tradition continue.”
City Manager Bryan Cosgrove adds, “Awards like this from a professional, third-party organization affirm that the funds the City manages on behalf of the community are carefully accounted for in an open, transparent budgeting process.”
A Certificate of Recognition for Budget Presentation was awarded to Finance Director Susan Cole for being primarily responsible for having achieved the award. Other Finance Department employees that assisted in preparing the report are Assistant Finance Director Cathy Rodocker, Finance Operations Manager Keith Katko, Accountant Vania Heberlein, Accountant Katie Cook and former Administrative Assistant Kourtni Kersey.
The GFOA 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 GFOA’s best practices on budgeting and then to recognize individual governments that succeed in achieving that goal.