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City’s budget presentation earns award
City Chief Financial Officer Pat Wicks (center) is with Mayor Nicholls and Administrator Wilkinson.

The City of Yuma’s efforts to make its complex budget relatively easy for residents to understand has been rewarded with another honor.

The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) has presented the City its Distinguished Budget Presentation Award.

This award is a significant achievement, according to GFOA, as it means the City had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. The guidelines assess how well the City’s budget document serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide and a communications device.

The City had to be rated “proficient” in all four of those categories and in the 14 mandatory criteria within those categories.

This the 14th year in which the City has earned this distinction.

“I’m surprised that I don’t have nightmares over this award,” said Chief Financial Officer Pat Wicks. “For the second time, the City lost to retirement a major player who helped win and retain this award, Wendy Wrenn. Fortunately, our new Budget and Revenue Manager, Teresa Laurent, stepped up to take over the role and she helped finish the budget.”

The City formally presented the award at the Feb. 7 meeting of the Yuma City Council.

View the current City budget document on the City’s website by clicking on the link here:



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