City Of Cleveland Awarded The Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
The City of Cleveland received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association for the 16th consecutive year. Posing for a photo Monday afternoon are city staff and the Cleveland City Council. Seated from left to right are council members, David May Jr., George Poe, Mayor Tom Rowland, Vice Mayor Avery Johnson, Dale Hughes, Charlie McKenzie and Richard Banks.
The City of Cleveland received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association for the 16th consecutive year. Posing for a photo Monday afternoon are city staff and the Cleveland City Council. Seated from left to right are council members, David May Jr., George Poe, Mayor Tom Rowland, Vice Mayor Avery Johnson, Dale Hughes, Charlie McKenzie and Richard Banks.

For the 16th consecutive year, the City of Cleveland has been awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association.

The GFOA is a professional association of finance officers in the United States and Canada.

"This recognition proves once again that our city is a good steward of taxpayers' money. Our Department Of Finance And Administration,  along with City Manager Janice Casteel takes accountability very seriously," said Mayor Tom Rowland.

According to the GFOA website, the Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program began in 1984 to encourage state and local governments to prepare budget documents of the very highest quality that reflect both the guidelines established by the National Advisory Council on State and Local Budgeting and GFOA’s best practices on budgeting and then to recognize individual governments that succeed in achieving that goal.  

The award assures the public that the budget is prepared in a uniform manner, which enhances comparability from year to year and improves readability.

To receive the award, the municipality must 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 and a communications device.  A budget must be rated proficient in all four categories to receive the award.  

The local annual budget process begins with a budget calendar showing the deadlines that must be met in time to adopt a budget before July 1, when the new fiscal year begins.

The budget process actually begins in the fall with the strategic planning session.  At this meeting, the city council establishes priorities for the next fiscal year.  Using these priorities,

Department heads along with their budget officers prepare budget requests to accomplish departmental goals for the upcoming year.  Once revenue projections are finalized, the budget is balanced. The city council reviews the proposed budget during an all-day work session in early spring. This assures that the proposed budget aligns with their priorities for the city.

That work session is scheduled for later this month for the next budget year.

After review by the city council, the budget document is formatted and prepared. The final reading of the budget ordinance occurs in late May. 


Business After Hours And Ridgeland High School Artists Reception Will Be May 12

The Walker County Chamber will host the Business After Hours and the Ridgeland High School Artists Reception – Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America celebrates the connection between Amercians and sports in our heritage. The event will be at the 6th Cavalry Museum on May 12, from 4-6 p.m. Hometown Teams captures the stories that unfold on the neighborhood fields and courts, ... (click for more)

Senator David Perdue Says The Debt Crisis Is Directly Impacting The Ability To Protect The Nation

Senator David Perdue, a member of the Senate Budget and Foreign Relations Committees, on Thursday highlighted the impact the federal debt crisis is having on the country’s ability to support the military and protect the nation.   Here are highlights: Responsibly Funding The Federal Government:  “The primary role of Congress is to responsibly fund the federal ... (click for more)

Dewayne Ray Burns Wanted After Firing Shots At Fort Oglethorpe Police Officers

Dewayne Ray Burns is wanted after police in North Georgia were led on a chase, and he fired shots at officers. Burns fired shots in their direction late Thursday night. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Fort Oglethorpe Police Department are investigating the incident. According to park rangers on the scene, the Burns ran away, while firing shots in the direction ... (click for more)

5 Considered For Cleveland City Manager Position

Five names were selected  Friday  by a citizens advisory committee to send to the Cleveland City Council for consideration as the next Cleveland city manager. The five are Angie Carrier, Joe Fivas, Mark Reeter, Seth Sumner and Julie Underwood. The list is being sent in alphabetical order so no one has an advantage when the city council considers the candidates. ... (click for more)

Jill Levine Is An Educational Rock Star

No one has covered the Hamilton County Department of Education drama better than Roy Exum.  Thank you, Roy, but I take issue with your unnamed sources.  Professional jealousy and sour grape darts should not be anonymous.   HCDE is so dysfunctional, and there is good cause to place this public organization under a microscope, dissect it into pieces and discard all ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Cancer Is Not A Battle

I read a marvelous essay not long ago where the author urged, “Stop telling the lie that cancer is a battle … a battle implies a fair fight, and there was nothing fair about my cancer or the cancer that took the life of my friend. Those experiences were about as fair as getting hit by a car – and nobody says people lose their battles with automobiles.” Mary Elizabeth Williams, ... (click for more)