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GFOA Budget Award to Akron


City of Akron Press Release
Published: 09-25-2015

City Wins GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

Akron, Ohio (September 25, 2015) – For the 31st  consecutive year, the City of Akron received the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada’s (GFOA’s) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its 2015 budget book.  Akron’s Director of Finance, Diane Miller-Dawson, was also awarded a certificate of Recognition for Budget Presentation for her role in the City’s nationally recognized accomplishment.

“We have achieved national recognition for our outstanding budget presentations every year since the GFOA established this award in 1984,” noted Diane Miller-Dawson. “Once again, the GFOA has confirmed that our method of budget reporting utilizes the best practices available.” 

The GFOA established the Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program 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. Documents submitted to the Budget Awards Program are reviewed by selected members of the GFOA professional staff and by outside reviewers with experience in public-sector budgeting.  

 In order to receive the budget award, the City had to satisfy nationally recognized expert’s guidelines for effective budget presentation.  Akron’s budget presentation rated “proficient” in all four categories designed to assess how well an entity’s budget serves as (1) a policy document, (2) a financial plan, (3) an operations guide, and (4) a communications device, as well as “proficient” in the fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories.

Of the award, Akron Mayor Jeff Fusco said: “The GFOA consists of a prominent group of financial experts throughout the United States and Canada. For an extraordinary 31st consecutive year they have recognized that Akron continues to have an outstanding method of budget reporting. I commend our Finance Department for working hard to produce an exceptionally proficient budget presentation.”

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