NSD's Annual Budget Wins Award

January  24, 2012

 For the second year in a row, the Napa Sanitation District has produced an award-winning budget. Defying the misconception that public agency budgets are an impenetrable and stupefying thicket of numbers, the District has produced a document that presents the numbers clearly while including a narrative that explains the budget process, outlines District operations and sets goals for the fiscal year. For this effort, the District has been awarded a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA).

“Our intention is to produce a budget that encourages understanding of how the District manages it finances,” explains Jeff Tucker, the District’s Chief Financial Officer. “Even if you skipped over the numbers, the narrative clearly explains how our money is spent, and why.”

The GFOA award is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting,” Mr. Tucker points out. In order to be eligible for the GFOA award, the District had to be proficient in four categories with 14 mandatory criteria.

The GFOA’s award criteria assessed how well the District’s budget serves as:
 A policy document
 A financial plan
 An operations guide
 A communication device

“The District has created a template for our budget that allows it to serve as a financial plan, but also to communicate our goals clearly and effectively to the public,” says Mr. Tucker.

The Napa Sanitation District is operating on a budget of $29.1 million for fiscal year 2011/12, which runs from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012. The budget is available on the District’s website at http://www.napasanitationdistrict.com/about/finances.html. The Board of Directors received the budget award at their regular meeting on January 11, 2012.

The Government Finance Officers Association is a nonprofit professional association serving over 17,600 government finance professionals throughout North America. The GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting.


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