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Sparks budget recognized by professional association
by Tribune Staff
Mar 29, 2011 | 482 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SPARKS — For the third year in a row, the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada has given the city of Sparks the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its fiscal year 2009-10 budget.

The award reflects the commitment of the government body and staff to meeting the highest principles of government budgeting, according to the GFOA.

“This is a true testament to the dedication and commitment of the city’s financial team led by Finance Director Jeff Cronk,” Sparks Mayor Geno Martini said. “The city has made great strides to ensure the budget process is transparent to the public and easy to understand.  Under extremely difficult circumstances, our finance team has worked hard and deserves this recognition.”

In order to receive the budget award, the city had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentations. These guidelines are designed to assess how well the entity’s budget serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide and a communications device. The budget document must be rated proficient in all four categories and the 14 mandatory criteria within those categories in order to receive the award.

The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving more than 17,600 government finance professionals throughout North America.  The program is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting.

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