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City Receives Capital Planning, Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards

This article was archived on 9/28/2019

The City of Tulsa announced today it received the 2018 Special Capital Plan Recognition award, along with its 23rd straight Distinguished Budget Award, courtesy of the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA).

The award recognizes top-notch government budget communications tools that provide insightful information to residents. Started in 1984, the GFOA program was established to incentivize state and local governments to prepare high-quality budget documents.

“We want Tulsa to have the best city government in the nation, and one of the most important aspects of that is the stewardship of taxpayer dollars,” Mayor G.T. Bynum said. “I am grateful for the GFOA’s recognition of our budget and capital planning efforts, and am proud of our Finance Department team for delivering nationally-recognized service to the citizens of Tulsa.”

In Oklahoma, the City of Oklahoma City and the City of Norman also received the Distinguished Budget Award, but the City of Tulsa took home extra honors with the special award for capital planning.

“This is a benchmark we have been striving to achieve for the last 15 years,” said Gary Hamer, the City’s Capital Planning and Grants Manager. “It’s gratifying to finally achieve it.”

To get the award, budget documents must meet several requirements, like having a comprehensive table of contents, a section with goals and strategies, a detailed list of priorities and issues, a budget overview, an organization chart, and many more criteria.

Residents can find the City of Tulsa’s award-winning 2018-2019 budget online.