City and county finance officials and elected members of local governments are entrusted with the task of managing finances and making decisions that impact how much revenue is generated and how efficiently it is spent. With changing demographics, state mandated laws, and citizen attitudes toward taxes, it is becoming increasingly complex and challenging to manage local government finances. The role of financial planning in the budgeting process is important and has significant short- and long-term implications for community and economic development.
To help local governments meet these challenges, ISU Extension and Outreach’s Iowa Government Finance Initiative is offering three-hour workshops for local elected, appointed officials (finance, planning, and economic development), and other stakeholders on issues relating to public finance and community and economic development.
The IGFI workshop is designed as a “tool-based training,” through which participants will learn:
- How to use the IGFI annual city and county fiscal conditions reports.
- The value of financial indicators and how to use them.
- Comparison with “peers” in the region.
- One specific topic critical for cities and counties. For 2018, the topic is local government debt.
- How to interpret trends in outstanding debt, debt capacity, and debt service.
- Property tax base and level of tax burden.
Online registration for the workshops is currently open. To register, go to the “Annual Workshops” tab on the IGFI webpage (/igfi/) and click on the “Register Online Here” link. Registrants will have the option to pay by credit card, or to be invoiced via email.
The registration fee is $65 per individual and covers the workshop instruction, background materials, and supper. To receive a meal, participants must register at least one week before the scheduled date of the workshop. All workshops begin with registration and a light supper at 5:30 p.m. The program begins at 6:00 p.m. and concludes by 9:00 p.m.
The dates and locations for the 2018 workshops are:
- Ottumwa (Wapello County) – Sept. 27, 2018
- Storm Lake (Buena Vista County) – Oct. 2, 2018
- Des Moines (Polk County)- Oct. 4, 2018
- Mason City (Cerro Gordo County) – Oct. 9, 2018
- Atlantic (Cass County) – Oct. 11, 2018, 2018
- Cedar Rapids (Linn County) – Oct. 16, 2018
For additional information about the workshops and IGFI, contact Biswa Das at firstname.lastname@example.org.