In terms of budget juggernauts, Ardmore Finance Director Ken Campbell has helped place the city among the nation’s elite.

For the 15th year in a row, Ardmore has received the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its budget. In accordance, Campbell received the Certificate of Recognition for Budget Responsibility.

To receive recognition, a budget must be rated proficient in the following categories:

• A policy document

• A financial plan

• An operations guide

• A communications device

There are also 14 criteria within the four categories necessary to win the award. For the fiscal year 2013, 1,340 entities are expected to receive the award. The association serves more than 17,800 government finance professionals throughout North America.

In addition to receiving the award 15 years in a row, this is the 16th time overall the city has received recognition.

“The city submits a copy of the budget,” Campbell said. “Former award winners throughout the country volunteer to be judges, and it goes to three judges who evaluate each section which must meet certain criteria.”

Based on judge’s comments, Campbell said there have been changes made in the past to improve the budget. And while it is certainly nice to win the award on an annual basis, the recognition does not grow old for Campbell.

“It feels nice to receive recognition for the hard work,” he said. “It takes months to put this together.

“It almost goes from excitement of receiving it to relief you won it again. And then there is excitement again. With expectations, you work harder and try to do some new things.”