Many smaller cities find it difficult to accurately complete the required financial documents and perform proper procedures required to create their budgets and file their Annual Financial Reports, in part because they rely on part-time clerks or treasurers who are unable to attend training sessions because of time and budget constraints.
To meet the needs of these communities, the Iowa Municipal Professionals Institute (MPI) offers a four-hour training session on administration and accounting. MPI is part of the Office of State and Local Government Programs in the Community and Economic Development Program at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
Cindy Kendall, ISU Extension and Outreach specialist, developed the curriculum for the program, which is called “On-The-Road Budgeting, Examinations, and Accounting for Municipalities.” To ensure accuracy, Kendall reviewed the materials with staff from both the Office of the State Auditor of Iowa and the Iowa Department of Management.
This hands-on training will aid city clerks and treasurers in accurately completing required financial reports and implementing proper internal control procedures. Topics covered include the value of a chart of accounts and understanding fund account and how budgets, financial reports, and regular reconciliations can lead to good audits and examinations that are required by state law.
To minimize participants’ travel time and expense, the training sessions will be held in six locations throughout the state during the month of October: Osceola (October 2), Manchester (October 4), Emmetsburg (October 9), Mount Pleasant (October 11), Atlantic (October 23), and Charles City (October 25).
The cost of the sessions is $70, which includes a meal and training materials. Online registration is now available at https://registration.extension.iastate.edu/emc00/register.aspx?OrgCode=10&EvtID=10359&appCode=REG&CC=118062194934.
Those with questions may contact Kendall at firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-290-1811.