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Hoquiam Finance Department earns national budgeting award

HOQUIAM, Wash. – The City of Hoquiam has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its budget. The Government Finance Officers Association of the United State and Canada (GFOA) made the announcement this week.
The award represents a significant achievement by the entity. 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 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
• 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.

Montesano, Powell, earn award for budget

MONTESANO, Wash. – The city of Montesano, and City Administrator Kristy Powell are being honored for the third year in a row by the Government Finance Officers Association. Powell, and the city, are among 1340 being recognized for their budget. In a press release, Mayor Ken Estes praised Powell.

…this is the third year in a row she has gotten this award. Only 1300 cities in the USA and Canada have accomplished this feat. She deserves our appreciation and congratulations. – Montesano Mayor Ken Estes

The GFOA reviews nearly 18,000 budgets throughout the US for the awards.