Staff Report

Buellton has received the Government Finance Officers Association’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its budget for the third time.

The award represents a commitment of the City Council and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting, according to the GFOA.

To receive the budget award, the city had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity’s budget serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide and a communication guide. Budget documents must be rated “proficient” in all four categories, and in 14 mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award.

The Finance Department staff responsible for the award is led by Finance Director Shannel Zamora.

There are more than 1,600 participants in the Budget Award Program.

To review the award-winning budget, visit the city’s website at, click on “Document Archive” under the “Government” tab, select “Finance — Budget” and open the biennial budget link at the top of the list of documents.