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Costa Mesa recognized for its budgeting

February 22, 2014

Costa Mesa recently received one of North America's highest honors for municipal budgeting, the city announced in a news release Friday.

The Government Finance Officers Assn. recognized Costa Mesa's fiscal year 2012-13 budget document with a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, it said.

"This distinguished honor represents the hard work and dedication of our city staff in striving for transparency ...," City CEO Tom Hatch said in a statement. "The budget is the most important policy decision that the City Council makes each year, and this award represents our effort to encourage public participation."

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Huntington Beach, Irvine, the Orange County Fire Authority and the Orange County Sanitation District were among other agencies to win the award, according to a list on the association's website.

The nonprofit association serves more than 17,800 finance officials throughout the United States and Canada, according to the news release.

— Jill Cowan

Twitter: @JillCowan

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