The City of Pittsfield has been selected for the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the compilation of its FY20 annual budget from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA).
The award reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting, according to a news release from the association. In order to receive the budget award, the city had to meet and be rated proficient in nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These categories are designed to assess how well an entity’s budget serves as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide, and communications device.
2017 marks the first time the city was selected for this recognition. Mayor Linda Tyer said this year’s award represents the city’s ongoing dedication to high professional standards and transparency.
“I am thrilled that the City of Pittsfield has again been selected for this prestigious award. Thank you to Finance Director Matthew Kerwood for his stewardship of this important initiative. By meeting the established benchmarks and components, this award recognizes my administration’s diligence toward the content and presentation of the city’s budget. Furthermore, it is a clear demonstration of our commitment to these values and to our collective work of building a stronger city.”
There are more than 1,600 participants in the association’s Budget Awards Program. The most recent Budget Award recipients, along with their corresponding budget documents, are posted quarterly on the association’s website, www.gfoa.org.
The Government Finance Officers Association is a major professional association servicing the needs of more than 19,000 appointed and elected local, state, and provincial-level government officials and other finance practitioners.