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METRO Honored with a Budget of Distinction
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 3:47 PM  

George Fotinos, senior management analyst of Budget ServicesBudgets are usually laborious books of charts and columns - not exactly go-to reading by choice.

But some budgets are so elegantly written and presented, they are worthy of an award.

METRO recently received an award for its FY2012 Business Plan & Budget

The award was the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, and it was given by The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. (GFOA). The GFOA is a non-profit professional association, serving nearly 17,400 government finance professionals.

The award represents a significant achievement by METRO. "It reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting," said GFOA in a press release.

The criteria for winning the budget award included assessing how well the budget  served as: 

  • A policy document
  • A financial plan
  • An operations guide
  • A communications device

Budget documents need to obtain a "proficient" rating in all four categories, including the 14 criteria within each category.

In addition to the agency receiving this award, the person primarily responsible for crafting the budget presentation was also honored. George Fotinos, senior management analyst/project manager of Budget Services, received a Certificate of Recognition for Budget Presentation.

This is the first time in METRO's history that it has received a GFOA award for its budget. Award recipients are recognized for pioneering efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide an excellent example for other governments in North America, says GFOA.

In the photo posted, Fotinos explains how he analyzed METRO's business plan.





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