Rochester Hills Honored With Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

City Continues to Be Recognized for Excellence in Finances

For the 15th consecutive year, the City of Rochester Hills has been recognized by the Governmental Finance Authority Association (GFOA) with the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award. Rochester Hills was one of only five cities in the State of Michigan to received this award.

This Distinguished Budget Presentation Award is the highest form of acknowledgement in governmental budgeting. “We continue to demonstrate our financial leadership by delivering a three (3) year budget plan covering Fiscal Years 2016, 2017, and 2018,” stated Fiscal Director Keith Sawdon. “This proactive approach to budgeting has enabled us to prepare for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead while allowing us to become more resourceful and strategic in our approach to delivering those City services.”

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In order to receive this award, a governmental unit must publish a budget document that meets nationally recognized program criteria as a policy document, as an operations guide, as a financial plan, and as a communications device.  Documents submitted to the Budget Awards Program are reviewed by selected members of the GFOA professional staff and by outside reviewers with experience in public-sector budgeting.

Award recipients have pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide an excellent example for other governments. The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving nearly 18,000 government finance professionals nationwide.

“This award reflects the commitment that our governing body and staff have made consistently to budgeting excellence and transparency,” states Mayor Bryan K. Barnett. “We are proud to have received this prestigious award.”

To view the city budget, visit

Established in 1984, the City of Rochester Hills is a prosperous community offering residents and businesses superior services. Voted one of the top places to live by several sources including CNNMoney magazine, Rochester Hills is committed to sustaining its position among the nation’s preeminent places to live, work and raise a family. Through the city’s focus on health, education, and technology; the community continues to attract forward-thinking leaders and businesses.



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