“The City has continually provided a balanced budget that meets the needs of the residents and the goals and priorities of the Council, while simultaneously reducing costs, maintaining services and not furloughing or laying off employees,” said Budget Administrator Bret Starr. “It’s our standard to exceed the requirements of this award and the budget document is a result of all our hard work throughout the year to create and maintain a sound budget for all City operations.”
Reviewers cited exemplary execution, including:
The City offers a superior approach to the insertion of strategic directives within the budget document.
The City demonstrates an extraordinary effort in affording citizens a solid review of pertinent information.
The presentation provides an excellent level of transparency.
“This award recognizes our success in integrating our strategic plan and budget,” said Irving City Manager Tommy Gonzalez. “We have worked hard to ensure the two are complementary, and I’m pleased to see the judges acknowledged our efforts.”
The award requires budget documents be rated “proficient” in all four categories and the 14 mandatory criteria within those categories, which include: a policy document, financial plan, operations guide and communications device.
The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association servicing nearly 17,400 government finance professionals throughout North America. The GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting.
Source: City of Irving