City Budget Receives Prestigious National Award

November 28, 2018

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded the City of Portsmouth for the thirteenth consecutive year, the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the Fiscal Year 2019 budget document, City Manager John Bohenko has announced. 

“While we always aim to consistently meet the best standards of governmental budgeting established by the GFOA, the maintenance of this recognition each year reflects the commitment by the City Council and staff to continuously improve how we convey this information to the public,” said Bohenko. “Each year brings a different and challenging climate to not only compile the budget but convert it into a helpful, valuable resource.”

GFOA is a major professional association servicing more than 18,000 government finance professionals throughout North America. The GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program, established in 1984, recognizes exemplary budget documentation by state, provincial and local governments, as well as public universities and colleges. 

Director of Finance and Administration Judie Belanger said that in order to receive the budget award, the City had to satisfy nationally-recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. Each year Portsmouth aims to increase the ease of use and understanding of the City’s annual budget, creating a document that serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide, and a communications device.