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Awards and Recognitions

Casselberry Named Tree City, USA
Tree City USAThe City of Casselberry has been named a Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation to honor its commitment to community forestry. It is the 7th year the City of Casselberry has received this national recognition.

The City of Casselberry is committed to maintaining the Tree City USA designation by educating the community on the importance of trees in urban settings. Every year, the City must continue to meet the following four standards to maintain Tree City status: having a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

Communities that receive Tree City USA recognition not only have taken the time to meet these four standards, they realize that:
  • Trees promote healthier communities. Leaves filter the air we breathe by removing dust and other particles.
  • Trees moderate climate, conserve water and provide habitat for wildlife.
  • Tees in urban areas reduce the heat island effect caused by pavement and buildings.
  • Properly placed trees can increase property values and improve the local economy.
Tree City USA is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service. The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit, environmental and education organization of nearly one million members, with a mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information on the foundation and its programs can be found at

More information about Tree City USA can be found at

Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting
Achievement for ExcellenceThe City of Casselberry has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) regarding its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015.

The GFOA established the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Program (CAFR Program) in 1945 to encourage and assist state and local governments to go beyond the minimum requirements of generally accepted accounting principles to prepare comprehensive annual financial reports that evidence the spirit of transparency and full disclosure and then to recognize individual governments that succeed in achieving that goal.

Casselberry Receives Government Finance Officers Association Award
Distinguished Budget AwardThe City of Casselberry has received honors from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) regarding its budget work and preparation.

The Distinguished Budget Presentation Award was presented to the City of Casselberry for its budget that covered the 2014- 2015 fiscal year. The budget was rated on how well it served as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide and a communications device. Budget documents must be rated as proficient in all four categories to receive the honor.

According to the GFOA, the award reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting.

The Government Finance Officers Association is a nonprofit professional association serving 17,500 government finance professional throughout North America. The GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting.

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