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January 17, 2019 Newsletter (Michigan)

Road Funding Analysis - Part 2 — “What about our roads?”  We keep hearing this question across the state from communities large and small.  In response, we have talked with communities about the options available.  The answer usually comes down to one word, millage.  The…

January 3, 2019 Newsletter (Indiana)

Promotion to Principal — Brock Bowsher works in Umbaugh’s School and Library Practice Group and assists school districts in the areas of comprehensive financial strategies and debt management.  Before joining Umbaugh in 2016, Brock worked with the Avon Community School…

Promotion to Principal — Lindsay Simonetto joined Umbaugh in 2008 and has worked on a wide range of projects in various practice areas.  She has assisted schools, counties, cities and  towns, hospitals, and other local governments in bond financings, long-term financial planning,…

December 13, 2018 Newsletter (Indiana)

Preparing for Year-End — It is hard to believe that 2018 is almost over!   With the rolling of the calendar comes the need to close out the accounting year, prepare for annual reports and prepare for a strong start to the upcoming…

Annual Financial Reports - Financial Management Reports — As the end of the year approaches it’s important to keep in mind the reporting requirements that municipalities will face in the New Year. On the top of that list is the Annual Financial Report (AFR) that must…

November 29, 2018 Newsletter (Indiana)

Outsourced Financial Management:  Part 2 in a Series — As we noted in our previous article, outsourcing a municipality’s financial management functions allows management to focus on the municipality’s goals, growth and overall management of day-to-day operations.  We also discussed how outsourcing can help entities with…

School Fiscal Indicators:  What to Know — On January 1, 2019, fiscal indicators will be publicly available for all Indiana school corporations for the first time.  The Distressed Units Appeal Board (DUAB) committee, in accordance with Indiana Code, established the following fiscal indicators…

November 15, 2018 Newsletter (Indiana)

Life After Budget Adoption…What’s Next? — 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…

2018 Bond Market Update — 2018 has been an interesting year in the Municipal Bond market.  It has been the first year since 2013 that we have seen yields rise gradually, yet steadily, as the year has progressed.  The year started off with…

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