Planning and Usefulness Earn Andover Budget an Award

Andrew P. Flanagan during a presentation before Andover selectmen.

Andover has won an award for the way it plans and uses the town’s budget.

Town Manager Andrew P. Flanagan said the town received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its current budget from the Government Finance Officers Association.

“We’re honored to be recognized by the GFOA for our sound budgeting practices,” Flanagan said. “This award illustrates Andover’s fiscal responsibility and commitment to providing high quality service to its residents.”

To receive the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, the Town of Andover had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. The guidelines are designed to assess how well the Town’s budget serves as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide and communications device.

Budgets considered by the group had to be rated proficient in all four categories and in the 14 mandatory criteria within those categories.

The Government Finance Officers Association is a professional association servicing the needs of more than 19,000 appointed and elected local, state and provincial-level government officials. The group provides publications, training programs, services and products designed to build the skills and performance of those responsible for government finance and policy and management.