2018 marks the sixth year that the City of West Palm Beach Finance team has been presented with the award.
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (July 23, 2018)
–Mayor Jeri Muoio congratulates the City’s Department of Finance for being presented with a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). The Distinguished Budget Presentation Award recognizes the highest principles of budgeting at various governmental levels. 2018 marks the sixth year that the City of West Palm Beach Finance team has been presented with the award.
To be presented with the award, the City of West Palm Beach had to satisfy a series of nationally-regarded budgeting guidelines that demonstrate how effective an organization’s budget is in fulfilling certain criteria. The City’s budget documents had to be rated “proficient” in the following categories and in 14 mandatory criteria within these categories:
- A policy document,
- A financial plan,
- An operations guide,
- A communications device.
“The budget process is a year-round process that requires the collaborative efforts of many staff members and the Finance Department’s budget office,” said Mayor Jeri Muoio. “The GFOA recognition is a very high achievement. I am very proud of the City’s Finance Department, the very accurate and professional budget that they presented, and the excellence that they show each and every day.”
“I am so proud of our budget team for embracing the very hard work of allocating the City’s limited resources and turning it into an award-winning event”, said Mark Parks, Chief Financial Officer for the City of West Palm Beach Department of Finance. “The budget book is a comprehensive look into the City’s finances, and the budget team continues to present it with excellence.”
The GFOA presented Mr. Parks and the City’s budget office team with a Certificate of Recognition for Budget Presentation. The City’s budget team includes Linda McDermott, Budget Manager; Kyle Roberts, Fiscal Analyst; Mary Ptak, Senior Fiscal Analyst; and Ben Couden, Senior Accountant.
“The budget is a financial plan and an outstanding communications device,” said Linda McDermott, Budget Manager for the Department of Finance. “Our City mission, vision and strategic priorities are well defined. This allows the budget office to produce a budget program that incorporates goals and objectives that enhance service delivery while managing resources available.”
The GFOA, which was founded in 1906, encompasses public finance officials throughout the United States and Canada. The association is comprised of more than 19,000 members, ranging from federal, state/provincial, and local finance officials and practitioners. These officials are tasked with planning, financing, and implementing thousands of governmental operations in each of their respective jurisdictions. The organization also provides consulting and networking opportunities as well as e-books and periodicals for members to utilize.
PICTURED: Linda McDermott, Budget Manager and staff Rosanna Santana, Ben Couden, and Mary Ptak.