Santa Fe — After an extensive review, the Local Government Division (LGD) has chosen the Village of Los Lunas to receive a certificate of merit in recognition for preparing a distinguished budget document for the 2001-2002 fiscal year.

The award is part of the New Mexico Budget Awards Pro-gram, a voluntary initiative conducted concurrently with the local government budgetary process. The New Mexico City Management Association, the New Mexico Municipal League and the Department of Finance and Administration’s Local Government Division (LGD) sponsor the program.

This program was developed to encourage professional budgetary presentations by local governments, recognize local governments that meet or exceed the budget performance criteria, encourage budget preparation to meet the awards criteria of the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) and promote professional development.

All local governments in the state are eligible to participate in this program and are encouraged to meet the performance criteria developed by GFOA. Such criteria includes:

  • Establishment of budget priorities, policies, and financial plans for the local government.
  • Ability of the local government to effectively communicate the contents of the budget.
  • Provide an efficient and effective operational tool for the various departments within the local government to use in the forthcoming fiscal year.
  • Ability to convey information to the public about the programs serving the community.

The state will have the village’s budget, along with those of 10 other municipalities, on display at the 2002 Budget Workshop in Santa Fe on Feb. 27 and 28 and March 1.

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Julia M. Dendinger began working at the VCNB in 2006. She covers Valencia County government, Belen Consolidated Schools and the village of Bosque Farms. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists Rio Grande chapter’s board of directors.