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Leesburg receives budget award for 23rd consecutive year

Leesburg receives budget award for 23rd consecutive year

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For immediate release:  June 22, 2021
Contact:  Office of the City Manager
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Leesburg receives budget award for twenty-third consecutive year

   budget book 1       LEESBURG, FL – The Government Finance Officer Association’s (GFOA) has presented its Distinguished Budget Presentation Award to the City of Leesburg for the 2020-21 Annual Budget. This is the 23rd consecutive year the city has earned the award.  This significant achievement marks the dedication of the city commission and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting.

          To receive the award, the city must satisfy nationally recognized standards for effective budget presentation. Leesburg was evaluated on how well its budget serves as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide and communications device. To qualify, the budget document must be rated “proficient” in all four categories, while also meeting 14 mandatory criteria within these categories.

          “Planning and managing a fiscally sound budget is a hallmark of the city’s continued success,” said City Manager Al Minner. “We are honored to have received this award for over two decades and are extremely proud of the team that develops and prepares the budget each year.”

          The GFOA established the Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards in 1984 to encourage and assist state and local governments to prepare budget documents of the very highest quality.  There are over 1,600 participants in the Budget Awards Program. The most recent Budget Award recipients, along with their corresponding documents, are posted quarterly on GFOA’s website.  Award recipients have pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide an excellent example for other governments throughout North America.

          Leesburg’s budget documents are available online at

Leesburg is a progressive city of more than 23,000 residents in northwest Lake County. The city government serves twice as many people with its electric, gas, water and wastewater public utilities. Leesburg also is a central hub for commerce, attracting 50,000 people to work each weekday. For more information, visit