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City of Springfield’s Finance Department Recognized with Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

Springfield, MA – Mayor Domenic J. Sarno is proud to report that the City of Springfield’s Finance Department, led by Chief Administrative and Financial Officer (CAFO) TJ Plante, has been recognized by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) with the prestigious Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the Fiscal Year beginning July 1, 2020.


Mayor Sarno and CAFO Plante are pleased to announce that the city’s FY20 budget submission was recognized by GFOA and awarded this honor.  This award is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting and represents a significant achievement for the City of Springfield.  The award reflects the commitment from the City’s Finance Department to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting.  In addition, this acknowledgement marks the 13th year in a row in which the city has received this award.


Mayor Sarno states, “I extend my appreciation and congratulations to CAFO TJ Plante and the entire finance team for their ongoing hard work and dedication to my administration’s continued commitment to fiscal excellence, transparency and accountability – especially during these challenging and surreal times as we try to navigate and balance our budgets during the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.  Since taking office, my administration has been committed to establishing a long-standing resiliency by maintaining core services, personnel, and continued investment in our city’s future, while being mindful of the current economic climate.  We will continue to be prudent and with compassion while managing our city’s finances as we move forward during these uncertain times.  Again, to CAFO TJ Plante and our entire finance team, congratulations on this well-deserved recognition!”


CAFO Plante stated, “The city continues to strive for financial excellence, even during the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic, and this award validates the tremendous work our city’s finance team is doing.”


The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) is a major professional association serving the needs of nearly 20,000 appointed and elected local, state and provincial-level government officials and other financial practitioners in North America. The association is headquartered in Chicago, IL, with offices in Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit: