Government Finance Officers Association announced recently that the Town of Plainville received its Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its FY2020 budget.
In order to receive the budget award, the town had to satisfy nationally-recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed to assess how well the budget serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide and a communications device.
Budget documents must be rated “proficient” in all four categories, and in the 14 mandatory criteria within those categories.
The Government Finance Officers Association website states the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award program was started 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 best practices on budgeting and then to recognize individual governments that succeed in achieving that goal."
A post on Plainville’s municipal website states: “The award represents a significant achievement by the Town. It reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting.”
A Certificate of Recognition for Budget Presentation is presented to individuals designated as being primarily responsible for having achieved the award. In Plainville, that person was Economic Development & Special Projects Coordinator Calvin Hauburger.