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Pueblo Water earns prestigious award for work on budget book

December 14, 2022

For the fourth consecutive year, Pueblo Water earned the Government Finance Officers Association Distinguished Budget Presentation Award.

A team led by Kristen Spicola, Director of Administrative Services and Finance Manager Leroy Rittgers, composed Pueblo Water’s annual budget for the fiscal year beginning Jan. 1, 2022. Pueblo Water also earned the distinction for the fiscal years 2019, 2020, and 2021.

Executive Director Seth Clayton said the team’s continued dedication to such a critically important aspect of Pueblo Water’s mission is recognized nationally with this distinction.

“This document embodies that commitment ensuring our financials are accessible, informative, and transparent to the customers we serve,” Clayton said.

For an entity to earn such GFOA distinction, its budget had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines in its presentation. The guidelines assessed how Pueblo Water’s budget served as:

  • A policy document
  • A financial plan
  • An operations guide
  • A communications device

To receive such distinction, Pueblo Water’s 2022 budget had to be rated “proficient” in all four categories, as well as in the other 14 mandatory criteria within those categories.

Pueblo Water prides itself on transparency and its commitment to excellence. Annual Budgets, Annual Comprehensive Financial Reports, Consumer Confidence Reports, and Water Quality Reports are available on its website at

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