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It reflects the commitment of the City and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting.

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (August 17, 2017)-- West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio is pleased to announce that the City of West Palm Beach Department of Finance has received the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its budget. 

The award represents a significant achievement. It reflects the commitment of the City and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. In order to receive the budget award, the City had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity’s budget serves as: 

  • · A policy document

    · A financial plan

    · An operations guide

    · A communications device

    • Budget documents must be rated “proficient” in all four categories, and in the fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award. 


“The budget process is a year-round process that requires the collaborative efforts of many staff members and the budget office,” said Mayor Jeri Muoio. “To be recognized by the GFOA for an accurate and professional budget is a high achievement, and I am very proud of the City’s Finance Department. 

Making this award particularly special is the fact that the Finance Department has received it every year since 2013. 

“The budget document is the culmination of the annual planning process,” said City of West Palm Beach Chief Financial Officer Mark Parks. “Governments rely heavily on the guidance of the budget. For the last two years, our budgets have been directly aligned with the strategic priorities outlined by the Mayor, which will facilitate the City meeting its goals. We urge all of our residents to review this document to become more informed about the City's operations.”

The GFOA presented Parks and the City employees primarily responsible for having achieved this award 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 Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), founded in 1906, represents public finance officials throughout the United States and Canada. The association's more than 19,000 members are federal, state/provincial, and local finance officials deeply involved in planning, financing, and implementing thousands of governmental operations in each of their jurisdictions. GFOA's mission is to promote excellence in state and local government financial management. GFOA has accepted the leadership challenge of public finance. To meet the many needs of its members, the organization provides best practice guidance, consulting, networking opportunities, publications including books, e-books, and periodicals, recognition programs, research, and training opportunities for those in the profession. For more information, contact the GFOA Technical Service Center at (312) 977-9700 or email: budgetawards@gfoa.org.