City of Wilmington Receives GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award
Office of Management and Budget is recognized for the 29th consecutive year
Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki and the City Management and Budget Director Robert S. Greco announced today that the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) has again honored Wilmington with its Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the City’s presentation of its budget to the public. This is the 29th consecutive year the City has received the highest form of recognition given for governmental budgeting, and pertains to the Annual Budget for the Fiscal Year beginning July 1, 2018.
Although Wilmington has received the GFOA’s highest honor for nearly three decades for presenting a budget that is well-organized and easy for citizens to follow, this year’s honor is noteworthy because the City earned an “Outstanding” rating based on meeting 16 of 27 GFOA criteria, up from just a single criterion receiving that designation last year. The FY 2019 budget was the first budget fully crafted by the Purzycki Administration and reflects a massive improvement in setting strategic budget goals that track the Administration’s priorities.
“Our team works hard each year to assemble a budget document of the highest quality, with the goal of making it as informative as possible, yet easily understood by the average citizen,” said Budget Director Greco. “We want people to clearly see the vast array of important services their City government provides and how their tax dollars are being spent.”
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.
“I congratulate Rob Greco and his staff on this remarkable achievement, and for consistently presenting a budget that is both professionally compiled and easily understood by government employees and the public,” said Mayor Purzycki. “OMB’s work enables citizens to see more about how their government manages programs and funding,” he continued, “which is consistent with my administration’s push for increased transparency and efficiency in government.”
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.
GFOA 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.