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City of Wilmington Receives GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

Post Date:12/06/2017 2:00 PM

City’s Office of Management and Budget is recognized for 28th consecutive year

Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki and the City Office of Management and Budget Director Robert S. Greco announced today that the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) has once again honored Wilmington with its Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the City’s presentation of its budget to the public. This is the 28th consecutive year the City has received the highest recognition given for the formatting and information contained within the government’s budget presentation.

For nearly three decades Wilmington has presented a budget that is well-organized and easy for citizens to follow. “We work hard every year to assemble a budget document of the highest quality which makes it easy for the average citizen to comprehend,” said Director Greco. “We want people to be able to understand the challenges facing City government, how we manage those challenges, and, even more importantly, how we are approprating tax dollars.”

To receive the award, a public entity must publish a budget document that satisfies nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. That includes how well the published budget meets program criteria 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 fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories to be recognized.

“Congratulations to Director Greco and his staff for consistently presenting a budget that is both professional and easily understood, enabling citizens to see what their government is doing and how their money is being spent,” said Mayor Purzycki.  The fact that Wilmington is celebrating its 28th consecutive award is, according to Mayor Purzycki, a remarkable achievement and consistent with the administration’s desire to push for increased transparency and efficiency in government. “This award affirms that the City’s Office of Management and Budget is adhering to the industry’s best practices,” said Purzycki.

There are over 1,600 participants in the GFOA’s Budget Awards Program, established in 1984 to encourage and assist state and local governments to prepare budget documents of the highest quality. Just 2% of the thousands of eligible public entities throughout North America are awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award annually.

The Government Finance Officers Association is a major professional association servicing the needs of more than 19,000 appointed and elected local, state and provincial-level government officials and other finance practitioners. It provides top quality publications, training programs, services, and products designed to enhance the skills and performance of those responsible for government finance policy and management. The association is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with offices in Washington, D.C. 

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Media Contact:

John Rago
Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Communications
Office of Mayor Michael S. Purzycki
Mobile: (302) 420-7928
Email: jrago@WilmingtonDE.gov

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