AMES, Iowa — In their ongoing effort to help Iowa’s city clerks and finance officers prepare for the fiscal year budget, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Office of State and Local Government Programs (OSLGP) and the Iowa League of Cities are holding budget workshops throughout the state in November and December (see map for dates and locations).
The workshops consist of a 30-minute presentation on budget projects for the upcoming fiscal year, a session on state requirements and changes affecting the budget process, and concurrent sessions for beginning and advanced budgeting. The beginners session provides step-by-step instructions on preparing a city budget using a budget form.
The 2011 advanced session, titled “Long-term Planning and Fund Balance Policies,” teaches strategies for successful long-term financial planning, including ways to manage future project expenses and budgets.
A total of 620 clerks and finance officers attended the 2010 workshops and more than half completed an evaluation of the workshops. Of those, 99 percent found the workshops useful or very useful in preparing them for budget responsibilities.
For those seeking certification hours for the Iowa Municipal Finance Officers Association (IMFOA) certification program, attendance of a budget workshop counts toward 3.5 hours of the specialized track of Clerk or Finance Officer.
Online registration opened on Oct. 1 and is available at www.iowaleague.org.