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TOL PR 2016-10-17 GFOA Budget Award Town of Leesburg News Release For Immediate Release Media Contact: Betsy Arnett, Public Information Officer barnett@leesburgva.gov  703-771-2734 Leesburg Receives Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for 31st Time Leesburg, VA (October 17, 2016) – The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) has awarded the Town of Leesburg its prestigious Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the Town’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget document. Leesburg has received this award every year since 1986. The GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation Award recognizes organizations that meet the highest principles of governmental budgeting. Recipients must satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed to assess how well an organization’s budget serves the multiple roles of policy document, financial plan, operations guide and communications device. Budget documents must be rated as “proficient” or “outstanding” in all four categories, and in fourteen of twenty -seven mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award. As part of this award, the Department of Finance and Administrative Services was presented with a Certificate of Recognition for Budget Preparation. Members of the budget preparation team include Clark Case, Director of Finance and Administrative Services; Lisa Haley, Deputy Director/Treasurer; Jason Cournoyer, Management and Budget Officer; and Cole Fazenbaker, Management Analyst. This year, the Town received Special Capital and Special Performance Measures Recognitions in addition to the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award. The Government Finance Officers Association is a non-profit professional association serving over 18,000 government finance professionals in North America. The GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation Award is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting. # # #