For Immediate Release / June 1, 2022

City Receives Award for Distinguished Budget Presentation

On May 20, 2022, the City of St. Albert received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA), for its Annual Budget for the fiscal year beginning January 1, 2022.  

To receive the budget award, the City had to meet nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed to assess how well the City’s budget serves as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide and a communications device. Budget documents must be rated "proficient" in all four categories, and in the fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award. The City ranked “outstanding” in many areas of the budget document for areas such as strategic goals and strategies, program goals and objectives, and understandability and usability.  

“This award is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting and is the City’s seventeenth consecutive year receiving this distinction. Its ongoing attainment represents a significant achievement by the City of St. Albert,” says Mayor Cathy Heron. “It marks the City as a pioneer in improving the quality of budgeting throughout North America and showcases the tremendous amount of work that goes into producing our budget each year.” 

The City’s Financial Plan and 2022 Budget were approved at the December 20, 2021, Council Meeting, following the City’s budget deliberation process. The approach for this budget involved a commitment to minimize spending and maximize revenue and focused on reducing some service levels to re-prioritize resources while continuing to deliver those programs and services most valued by residents and businesses.  

Learn more about the City’s Financial Plan and 2022 Budget    

Full details on the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award Program can be found on GFOA's website

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