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TIME SENSITIVE REMINDER: Adjust LOIT By October 31 To Relieve 2016 Budget Pressure

By Jason G. Semler, CPA, Partner, August 26, 2015
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We periodically remind local governments to review their local option income tax (LOIT) rate to make sure it’s producing sufficient revenue for their budgets. Right now some of you are getting a real-life reminder as you project next year’s revenue and plan your 2016 budgets. We’ve heard from many local units who see a revenue shortfall coming up for 2016.

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Does your area need a shell building?

By Loren M. Matthes, Principal, August 18, 2015
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Shell buildings are becoming more prevalent as the economy recovers. These “business-ready” nearly finished buildings may give your city, town or county a competitive edge in the economic development race when a site consultant is looking for a location – especially if the company they represent is on a fast track to be up and running. When the site consultant schedules a site visit, you have something (besides land) for them to see.

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

By Gerald G. Malone, CPA, Partner, August 18, 2015
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Part 8 in a series – The effect on local governments

This series summarizes a study Umbaugh and Policy Analytics conducted for the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns to analyze trends over the past eight years regarding revenue and budgets for local governmental units and schools as Indiana has transitioned from 80% of Indiana local governments’ budgets being funded by property taxes in 2007 to the current level of 39%.

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Fiscal Planning for Annexations

By Deen C. Rogers, CPA, Principal, August 06, 2015
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More than 100 of you were fortunate to hear our own Deen Rogers present a session at the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (IACT) workshop July 22 on Growing your Community: An Overview of Indiana’s Annexation Laws. Deen’s session covered Your Fiscal Plan: Rules and Restrictions You NEED to Know.

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How To Finance School Capital Maintenance Needs With Rolling Short-Term Debt

By Belvia B. Gray, CIPMA, Principal, August 06, 2015
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The stress on school districts’ Capital Projects Funds (CPF) has not let up. CPF dollars are not only being diminished by property tax caps, they are being tapped to cover certain salaries and utilities to relieve the pressure on the general fund. Capital needs, however, are not going away.

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

By Gerald G. Malone, CPA, Partner, July 22, 2015
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Part 7 in a series – The effect on local governments

This series summarizes a study Umbaugh and Policy Analytics conducted for the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns to analyze trends over the past eight years regarding revenue and budgets for local governmental units and schools as Indiana has transitioned from 80% of Indiana local governments’ budgets being funded by property taxes in 2007 to the current level of 39%.

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Changes to Linking Debt in Gateway and Debt Service Worksheet

By Belvia B. Gray, CIPMA, Principal, July 09, 2015
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If you issued new property-tax-supported bonds or refunded existing ones in the past year, make sure your new or updated debt payments are connected in the Gateway system as you prepare budget documents for 2016. Gateway, the State of Indiana’s transparency portal, is used by the Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF) computer system for submitting budget data.

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The Fed may be getting closer to raising interest rates

By Jeffrey A. Messer, Director of Umbaugh Cash Advisory Services, LLC, July 09, 2015
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The Federal Reserve Open Market Committee met in June, and as expected, decided to keep the fed funds rate at its current 0.00% - 0.25% target range.

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

By Gerald G. Malone, CPA, Partner, July 07, 2015
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Part 6 in a series – The effect on local governments

This series summarizes a study Umbaugh and Policy Analytics conducted for the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns to analyze trends over the past eight years regarding revenue and budgets for local governmental units and schools as Indiana has transitioned from 80% of Indiana local governments’ budgets being funded by property taxes in 2007 to the current level of 39%.

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Creative approach drives win-win for Tipton County and Chrysler

By Matt Eckerle, Principal, June 19, 2015
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“If you build it, they will come,” is a twist on the iconic phrase from the movie Field of Dreams. But what if your economic development doesn’t work out as planned?

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