BROOKLINE — Town Administrator Mel Kleckner is pleased to announce that the Town of Brookline has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its Fiscal Year 2021 operating budget.
Presented by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), the award is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting and represents a significant achievement by the Town of Brookline.
“Developing a holistic budget is a complex effort that would not be possible without the dedicated work of countless town employees and elected officials,” Town Administrator Kleckner said. “I want to congratulate everyone who contributed to this effort, and especially Deputy Town Administrator Melissa Goff and Assistant Town Administrator Justin Casanova-Davis for their tireless work developing this year’s town budget despite the added challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The Town of Brookline maintains an online budget portal — Budget Central — which provides residents with deep insight into the budgeting process, as well as access to myriad documents, including the budget itself. To see the portal, click here.
To receive the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, the Town of Brookline had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. The guidelines are designed to assess how well the Town’s budget serves as:
- A policy document
- A financial plan
- An operations guide
- A communications device
Budget documents had to be rated proficient in all four categories and in the 14 mandatory criteria within those categories.
About the GFOA:
The Government Finance Officers Association is a professional association servicing the needs of more than 19,000 appointed and elected local, state and provincial-level government officials. The GFOA provides top quality publications, training programs, services and products designed to enhance the skills and performance of those responsible for government finance and policy and management.