NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. — Northborough won the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the third year in a row, given by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA).
To qualify for such an award, municipalities must satisfy the guidelines of four major categories.
A winning budgets must serve as:
- A policy document
- A financial plan
- An operations guide
- A communications device
"This is the highest award that a municipality can receive in public budgeting," Town Administrator John Coderre said at Monday's Board of Selectmen meeting. He added that only seven communities in Massachusetts have won the award multiple times, and most are larger than Northborough.
Coderre gave credit to Finance Director June Hubbard-Ward, Town Accountant Jason Little and Assistant Town Administrator Kimberly Hood. "You can't motivate people to work at the level that these people do," he said.
"They are truly the best overall staff that I've had the pleasure of working with," he added.
Selectman Chairman Bill Pantazis said, "People in other towns are jealous of us, and it's because of you guys."