Budget & Finance

 

Budget Best Practices
Instructors: Francine Ramaglia, Bill Underwood
Description: minimum of two to three hours preferred; however, class can be tailored to fit time needs
Municipal government budgets vary across Florida, but the most effective budgets are used as plans, communications tools and fiscal documents. This workshop includes descriptions and samples of budget types, as well as a review of the most effective budget strategies for Florida’s cities, towns and villages.
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Communicating Your Budget
Instructor: Michelle Bono
Description: minimum of two hours preferred; however, class can be tailored to fit time needs
A city’s budget is more than pie charts and accounting spreadsheets. It should also be a communications tool. This workshop presents best practices to ensure that citizens, businesses, media and others understand how to read and interpret your fiscal record. The session also includes key talking points, and how to use them to help citizens support your city’s programs and goals.
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Community Redevelopment Agencies: Financial Issues
Instructor: Carol Westmoreland
Description: minimum of two to three hours preferred; however, class can be tailored to fit time needs
Some municipalities and counties have established community redevelopment agencies (CRAs), also called downtown improvement authorities (DIAs), and use the funds from these special districts to combat blight situations within the community. How a CRA is funded, how fiscal plans are established and implemented, and how financial problems can be avoided are part of this workshop.
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Creative Fiscal Options for Cities
Instructor: TBA
Description: minimum of three hours preferred; however, class can be tailored to fit time needs
Many cities want to look beyond fees, the property tax and intergovernmental revenue when building their revenue structure. This workshop explores the options available to a city through state law and Home Rule powers, and features best practices in each category.
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Debt and Other Financing Mechanisms for Cities
Instructor: TBA (based upon request)
Description: one hour minimum
When a city needs to finance something over time, the options include municipal bonds, borrowing from one of the city’s enterprise funds, using a pooled loan program, using revolving loan programs (when applicable), and other types of financing. This workshop covers the options available in Florida, and discusses pay-as-you-go versus debt financing, and also includes pros and cons in each category.
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Fire Assessments and Fire Fees
Instructor: TBA
Description: one to two hours preferred
One revenue source available to a city with fire services is to create a special assessment for fire. There are variations as well as options that need to be understood before taking this step. This workshop walks through the what, how, why and when, along with the pros and cons, of this revenue option.
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Florida’s Property Tax
Instructor: TBA
Description: one hour minimum
Florida has historically authorized local governments to use the property tax as their primary revenue source, but it is more complicated than most people realize. This workshop walks through a brief history, but primarily focuses on how the tax is levied, limited, applied and restricted, as well as the numerous exemptions in place today.
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Public Engagement in the Budgeting Process
Instructor: Francine Ramaglia (or TBA)
Description: minimum of two to three hours preferred; however, class can be tailored to fit time needs
Budgets are more than numbers – and their creation needs the input of citizens. This workshop features tips and advice for getting your residents and business owners engaged in your city’s budget process, regardless of the size of your city or the size of your budget.
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Revenue Options for Cities
Instructors: Jon Lewis, Bill Underwood
Description: minimum of two to three hours preferred; however, class can be tailored to fit time needs
Each city’s budget is composed of fees, charges for service, assessments, taxes – but what are these? How is a city authorized to use them? This class will cover the fundamentals in Florida and includes these basic revenue components.
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