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Umbaugh Announces New Partner

By Umbaugh Announcements, January 11, 2018

We are proud to announce Belvia B. Gray became a partner at Umbaugh on January 1st. Belvia has been involved in many areas of practice at Umbaugh, but she is especially active in bond issues for schools and libraries, budgeting and legislative analysis. She is a registered municipal advisor with the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”).

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Promotion to Principal

By Announcements, January 11, 2018

Andre J. Riley was selected for promotion based on his commitment to Umbaugh’s core values of Excellence, Innovation, Independence, Integrity and Collaboration.

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A Property Tax Abatement Checklist

By Matt Eckerle, Principal, November 16, 2017
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Property tax abatement is a widely used tool in the economic development incentive “toolbox” available to local governments in Indiana. Abatement differs from TIF, another local incentive tool, in that the incentive mechanism is driven by property tax savings rather than revenue generation.

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The 27th Pay Period Conundrum

By Daniel A. Hedden, CPA, Partner, November 16, 2017
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Every few years we experience a phenomenon caused when the calendar eventually results in a 27th bi-weekly payday. Although it may not sound like a big deal, this phenomenon often leads to many questions and concerns.

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Tax Bill Jeopardizes Certain Municipal Bond Financing Tools

By Umbaugh Announcements, November 10, 2017
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Congress is currently considering H.R. 1, which passed the House Ways and Means Committee yesterday. In its current form, the bill proposes substantial changes to the federal tax code. Since the House Ways and Means Committee approved the bill, it is expected to be considered by the full House of Representatives for a vote. The Senate Finance Committee bill under consideration is hoped to be more favorable to municipal issuers.

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Life After Budget Adoption . . . What’s Next?

By Paige E. Sansone, CPA, Partner, November 02, 2017
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After budgets are adopted and submitted in Gateway, the Department of Local Government Finance (“DLGF”) will review and issue a Notice of Final Budget Recommendation (more commonly referred to as the 1782 Notice). Taxing units have ten calendar days to review the Notice and request budget revisions in writing to the DLGF.

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Succession Planning for Indiana Utilities

By Scott A. Miller, CPA, Partner, November 02, 2017
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In the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, we are once again reminded of our dependence on our critical utility infrastructure. Long hours spent developing recovery scenarios prove their worth as we witness utility crews quickly moving into affected areas to begin the restoration process. And while the timing of future events is unknown, the planning to address them has already taken place. The same level of care put into disaster recovery planning should be practiced with your most important asset – your employees. A succession plan needs to be an integral management tool for your utility.

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Are Your Municipal Fees Covering Costs?

By Jeffrey P. Rowe, CPA, Partner, October 19, 2017
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With the many fiscal challenges facing municipalities, it has become increasingly important to regularly review your fee structure to ensure existing fees remain adequate to recover the costs associated with providing municipal service. This may also serve useful in identifying new types of fees in order to generate new sources of revenue.

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New Requirements for Referendum and Remonstrance Thresholds for Schools

By Belvia B. Gray, CIPMA, October 19, 2017
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The financial thresholds necessary to initiate petition and remonstrance and referendum processes for school corporations are changing per House Enrolled Act 1043 effective January 1, 2018.

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Thirty-Five Year Utility Financing Option

By Christina De Witt, CPA, Principal, October 12, 2017
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Umbaugh completed the first financing through the Indiana State Revolving Fund’s (SRF) new program that allows for up to a 35-year repayment period for pipe components of utility improvement projects. The Town of Michigantown was the first to finance the pipe components of their sewer project with the new SRF program. The repayment of the pipe components of their project, which totaled $274,000 of the overall $1,156,000 project, allowed the community to save each sewer customer over $4.50 on their monthly bill.

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