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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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Top Five Reasons to Comply with Arbitrage Regulations

By Christina L. Cromer, CPA, Principal, October 05, 2017
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If you are an issuer of tax-exempt debt, there are five very good reasons to comply with the arbitrage rules of the Internal Revenue Code and related regulations.

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Thinking About the Future

By Jason G. Semler, CPA, Partner, October 05, 2017
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When we say the future we don’t mean 2018, we mean 2019 and beyond. You have probably just finished adopting your community’s 2018 budget. Now that your 2018 budget is adopted this is the perfect time to start planning for 2019 using the 2018 budget as a starting point.

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WIFIA Assistance Available

By Scott A. Miller, CPA, Partner, March 02, 2017

In 2014, Congress passed the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act of 2014 which established a federal credit program known as WIFIA. Administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the program is designed to accelerate investment in water and wastewater infrastructure projects that have national or regional significance. Since adoption, EPA has worked to develop the rules and framework for the program and is now ready to begin funding projects. In legislation adopted late last year, Congress provided $20 million in budget authority which EPA estimates may provide more than $1 billion in credit assistance and may finance over $2 billion in water infrastructure projects.

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Promotion to Principal

By Umbaugh Announcements, February 23, 2017

Heidi Amspaugh was selected for promotion based on her commitment to Umbaugh's core values of Excellence, Innovation, Independence, Integrity and Collaboration.

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