Improvements to the north promenade and the closing of that driveway at the Middletown City Building is included in the non-public safety budget for 2019. FILE PHOTO Donham Plaza is more than 40 years old and has age related and safety problems, City Manager Doug Adkins said. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Middletown receives 25th government finance reporting award

The Government Finance Officers Association recently recognized city Finance Director Jacob Burton and the city of Middletown with is Distinguished Budget Presentation Award.

The award represents a significant achievement by the entity, according to GFOA.

“It reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. In order to receive the budget award, the entity had to satisfy nation ally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation, according to the GFOA.

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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.

Budget documents must be rated “proficient” in all four categories, and in the 14 mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award.

There are more than 1,600 participants in the Budget Awards Program, according to the GFOA. The most recent Budget Award recipients, along with their corresponding budget documents, are posted quarterly on GFOA’s website. Award recipients have pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide an excellent example for other governments throughout North America.

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