Reader Poll results: Who did the best job with the budget?

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Perhaps it is not a surprise the City of Maricopa received highest marks from our readers for its budget. In lowering tax rates while other government bodies were raising theirs and then receiving the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, Maricopa received nearly half of all of the online votes.

Coming in second was the Arizona Legislature, ahead of other governing bodies that blamed the Legislature for stripping away funding and forcing them to increase tax rates.

Readers were asked: Which government body made the soundest decisions on the new budget?

Here are the results:

City of Maricopa 48%
Arizona Legislature 21%
Maricopa Unified School District 12%
Pinal County Board of Supervisors 10%
Central Arizona College Board of Governors 9%

Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award – See more at: http://www.maricopa-az.gov/web/finance-administrativeservice-home/1586-city-receives-national-award-for-budget#sthash.Gw3ltRO5.dpuf

Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award – See more at: http://www.maricopa-az.gov/web/finance-administrativeservice-home/1586-city-receives-national-award-for-budget#sthash.Gw3ltRO5.dpuf

Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award – See more at: http://www.maricopa-az.gov/web/finance-administrativeservice-home/1586-city-receives-national-award-for-budget#sthash.Gw3ltRO5.dpuf

The City of Maricopa received the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for fiscal year 2014/15. The award reflects the commitment of City Council and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. In order to receive the budget award the City had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. – See more at: http://www.maricopa-az.gov/web/finance-administrativeservice-home/1586-city-receives-national-award-for-budget#sthash.Gw3ltRO5.dpuf
The City of Maricopa received the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for fiscal year 2014/15. The award reflects the commitment of City Council and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. In order to receive the budget award the City had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. – See more at: http://www.maricopa-az.gov/web/finance-administrativeservice-home/1586-city-receives-national-award-for-budget#sthash.Gw3ltRO5.dpuf