According to the Fresno City Department of Communications, the City of Fresno has been awarded a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award given by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA), an organization dedicated to enhancing the professional management of governments for public benefits.
The award is given to state and local governments whom meet specific criteria in their budget documents and reflect "both the guidelines established by the National Advisory Council on State and Local Budgeting and the GFOA's recommended practices on budgeting and then to recognize individual governments that succeed in achieving that goal."
An individual budget document is judged on four basic categories which break down into 27 specific criteria. Three separate reviewers evaluate then rate a given document as not proficient, proficient, or outstanding. To receive the award, the document must be rated either proficient or outstanding in all four categories, as well as for fourteen of teh twenty-seven specific criteria identified as mandatory. See the entire score sheet here.
This is the seventh consecutive year the City of Fresno has earned the award and Mayor Ashley Swearingen commended Budget Director Renena Smith and her staff for their achievement. See the winning budget here.