For producing a city budget that clearly lays out policy, guides operations, presents financial planning and communicates all of that to the public, the City of Bellevue has received a national award.
In July, the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) presented its Distinguished Presentation Award to the city for its 2005-2006 Budget. It's the 20th Bellevue budget to be recognized by GFOA, based in Chicago.
The Bellevue Finance Department, which drafts the budget, received a certificate of recognition.
The GFOA established the Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program (Budget 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 recommended 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.
The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving 16,800 government finance professionals throughout North America. The Distinguished Budget Awards program is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting.
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