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Proactive Financial Management for Utilities

By Eric Walsh, CPA, Manager, December 09, 2014

We all know how important it is to maintain a budget and keep council members and department heads up to speed about appropriation spending throughout the year for tax-supported funds. Does your city, town or district take this same approach with utilities?

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Has Your County Kept Up with the Times by Charging for Stormwater?

By Jason G. Semler, CPA, Principal, November 26, 2014
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Charging a fee to handle stormwater is still a relatively new concept for counties, but it is part of the trend to identify services governments provide to residents and businesses and recapture the actual costs of providing each service.

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Is Water a Scarce Indiana Resource?

By Christina De Witt, CPA, Manager, November 26, 2014
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It’s easy to take safe and reliable drinking water for granted. We are accustomed to turning on the faucet and not even thinking about the water that flows from it. Drought conditions during the summer of 2012 that caused water use restrictions in portions of the state led many to consider the importance of ensuring the long-term supply of one of our most precious resources.

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Colette Irwin-Knott to Retire from Umbaugh

By Umbaugh Announcements, November 19, 2014
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How does 33 years go by so fast? And how does a retiree still look so young?

Colette Irwin-Knott will retire from Umbaugh at the end of the year. She has not only been the knowledgeable and calm advisor for bond issues for countless school districts, public libraries and other municipalities, she was literally a pioneer at Umbaugh.

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Priority-Setting Models for Local Government- Part Two

By Daniel A. Hedden, CPA, Partner, November 12, 2014
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Part two in a two-part series

Many governments use incremental decision-making processes during the budget season. A simplified description of incremental budgeting is that the largest determining factor of the new budget is the old budget, thus most of the budget is a product of previous decisions. Unless there is a compelling reason for change, budgets tend to be some formula similar to Last Year + More = This Year.

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Priority-Setting Models for Local Government - Part One

By Daniel A. Hedden, CPA, Partner, October 29, 2014
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Part one in a series of two articles

I recently read an interesting book called “Priority-Setting Models for Public Budgeting,” published by the Government Finance Officers Association. I’ve attended many meetings with local government officials over the years, and most budget discussions are devoted to how much to spend for people, supplies, outside services, debt and capital needs. While these items are important, I haven’t heard nearly as many discussions about what functions or programs are most important to a community.

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Convention Season Rolls on into Fall

By Umbaugh Announcements, October 22, 2014
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The leaves are turning, and it’s a beautiful time to get out and around Indiana for conferences. If we haven’t seen you at an annual conference yet this fall, perhaps you’re going to one of the conferences on our schedule below. Please look for us. We’re happy to see and talk with our friends from all over the state at these gatherings!

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1782 Notice is a Window of Opportunity

By Paige E. Sansone, CPA, Principal, October 15, 2014
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The Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF) is required annually to provide taxing units with a Notice of Final Budget Recommendation (more commonly referred to as the 1782 Notice). The 1782 Notice is a preliminary budget determination and not a final budget certification.

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As QE ends, will interest rates rise?

By Jeffrey A. Messer, Director of Umbaugh Cash Advisory Services, LLC, October 15, 2014
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Earlier this year we talked about quantitative easing, or QE. QE is the Federal Reserve’s program where they have been purchasing billions of dollars of longer-dated treasury and agency securities. The goal of the program was to stimulate both consumer and business borrowing by keeping longer-term interest rates low.

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Statewide Look-The Real Numbers Behind Changes In Local Government Finance

By Gerald G. Malone, CPA, Partner, October 01, 2014
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Part 1 in a series

In 2007, approximately 80% of Indiana local governments’ budgets were funded by property taxes. Today, property taxes fund just 39% of all local budgets (including public schools) and 60% of all municipal budgets.

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