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City of Seattle
Mike McGinn (former Mayor)

SUBJECT: City Budget recognized for transparency, public accessibility

8/16/2012  10:10:00 AM

City Budget recognized for transparency, public accessibility
Winner of "Distinguished Budget Presentation Award," awarded by Government Finance Officers Association

Mayor Mike McGinn and the city of Seattle's City Budget Office are pleased to announce today that the city of Seattle has received the Government Finance Officers Association Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its 2012 Budget.

"This award affirms the great work our staff did last year when we took a different approach to how we present our budget to the public," said McGinn. "We place a high value on transparency and accessibility in my administration as a way to help the public hold us accountable for how their tax dollars are spent. We will continue to use and improve upon our new approach for presenting the city budget. I congratulate City Budget Director Beth Goldberg and her staff for their hard work."

"In preparing the 2012 Budget, we recognized that there were opportunities for improvement in how budget decisions were presented to the public," said City Budget Director Beth Goldberg. "Our staff made it a priority to make our budget as accessible and transparent as possible. I am pleased that we have met the high standards set by the Government Finance Officers Association and look forward to building on this success in the years to come. I thank our staff for their dedication to a budget that not only reflects Seattle's values, but also to presenting it in a way that is accessible for everyone."

The award presents a significant achievement. It reflects the commitment of the Mayor's Office and City Budget Office to presenting information on the city budget in a manner that is transparent and accessible to the general public. Seattle received the award by satisfying nationally recognized guidelines for budget presentation that 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.

Budget documents must be rated "proficient" in all four categories, and the fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award. Award recipients have pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide an example for other governments throughout North America.

The Government Finance Officers Association is a nonprofit professional association serving nearly 17,400 government finance professionals throughout North America. The Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting.

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