Newnan receives GFOA award 25th year in row

by Celia Shortt


For the 25th year in a row, Newnan was awarded the Government Finance Officers Association Distinguished Budget Presentation Award. From left are Libby Winn, city manager adminstrative assistant; Katrina Kline, finance director; Ronda Helton, program manager; Meg Blubaugh, human resource director. Not pictured is Gina Snider, public information officer. 

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada has awarded Newnan its distinguished budget presentation award for the 25th consecutive year.

Newnan received this national award for its 2014 budget documentation.

Newnan City Manager Cleatus Phillips made the announcement at the Aug. 26 Newnan City Council meeting.

“I wanted to thank my staff … it’s really a team effort to put together this document,” he said.

According to city officials, this GFOA award “represents a significant achievement by the city” and shows the commitment of the staff to meet the “highest principles of governmental budgeting.”

“We are honored to be recognized by GFOA for the 25th consecutive year,” said Phillips in a prepared statement. “Our staff takes great pride in producing a budget document that is not only fiscally sound, but one that is straightforward and as transparent as possible.”

To receive this award, a city must meet national guidelines for effective budget presentation, which determine how well the budget serves as: a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide, and a communications device. Each budget presentation must then be rated “proficient” in all four of those categories, as well as meet 14 additional required criteria within them.

“One of the council’s major goals is strong financial condition, and the GFOA award confirms the city’s commitment to that goal,” said Project Manager Rhonda Helton in the prepared comments. “Receiving the distinguished budget award for 2014 is quite an honor. The GFOA has awarded the city its highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting for the past 25 years. This remarkable milestone is a reflection of the hard work and dedication the staff has conveyed over the years. I am very pleased to have been a part of this achievement.”

The GFOA also presented a certificate of recognition to the city manager’s office, as they were “primarily responsible” for the presentation.

The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving nearly 18,000 governmental finance professionals throughout North America. Its distinguished budget presentation awards program is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting.

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