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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Budget award an annual event for Ardmore

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  • Excellence in putting together a budget has become a tradition of national recognition for the City of Ardmore.
    Mayor Cheryl Ellis presented Ken Campbell, Director of Finance, the Distinguished Budget Award during the bi-monthly meeting Thursday night. Monday's meeting was canceled because of severe weather in the Ardmore area.
    The award is one of 1,328 awarded by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada to municipal governments for the fiscal year 2011. Ardmore has won it the past 14 years and 15 overall Campbell said.
    "It's very easy to get a budget award when the people working with you get the information to you," he said. "Thanks to all the department heads. They do their own budget and get it to me and I just make it look pretty."
    The guidelines for the award are:
    • A policy document
    • A financial plan
    • An operations guide
    • A communications device
    Budget documents must be rated proficient in all four categories. The city is working on its budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year and will have its public hearing on the budget June 3 at 7 p.m.
    The awarding of the certificate to Campbell served as the highlight in a brief meeting. Deke Alkire, Bill Cowan and Jessie Nance were reappointed to the Hardy Murphy Coliseum Trust Authority for second three-year terms. Claudius Koenig and Cody Noble were each reappointed to the Ardmore Downtown Executive.
    The commissioners also approved the continuation of annual support with Blackboard Connect for ConnectCTY in the amount of $27,040.50. The system has allowed the city to broadcast the details of any current situation, recall off-duty staff and enlist the help of citizens on behalf of others in the community. There was no increase in the annual fee.

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