2018 Budget Workshops

Register now​ for the 2018 Budget Workshops! The dates and locations for this year's series are announced, below, and are open for registration. Each workshop will run 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with registration opening at 9:30 am. The workshops cost $45 for members and includes lunch.

November 13 – Storm Lake

King’s Pointe
1520 E Lakeshore Drive, Storm Lake, IA 50588
November 15 – Hiawatha
Hiawatha City Hall and Community Center
101 Emmons Street, Hiawatha, IA 52233
November 27 – Waverly
Waverly Area Veterans Post (WAVP)
1300 4th Street NW, Waverly, IA 50677
November 29 – Carson
Carson Community Center
316 S Commercial Street, Carson IA 51525
December 4 – Fairfield
Fairfield Arts and Convention Center
200 N Main Street, Fairfield, IA 52556
December 6 – Johnston
Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center

5291 Stoney Creek Court, Johnston, IA 50131

9:30 a.m. | Registration begins
10:00-11:15 a.m. | Budget projections and issues
11:15 a.m.-12 p.m.  | Iowa Department of Management update
12-1 p.m. – Lunch
1-3 p.m. – (Concurrent sessions) Budget Form Basics or City Levy Rate Analysis

Budget Projections and Issues
League staff will lead a discussion on important financial trends and projections that affect the city budget.

Iowa Department of Management Update
An update on changes to the state budget form will be provided along with other important city budget information.

Following lunch, attendees may choose between two concurrent sessions:

Budget Form Basics
Ted Nellesen with the Iowa Department of Management will provide step-by-step instructions on preparing your city’s budget and using the state budget form with plenty of opportunity for questions. This session will be presented as a hands-on walkthrough of the budget forms and submission process. Relevant example budget documents will be provided and attendees are encouraged to bring their own laptops and city budget materials.

City Levy Rate Analysis
This session will focus on research recently conducted by the League on city levy rates, including the statewide usage of the various property tax levies available to cities, revenue generated by property taxes and how your city could improve its levy usage. Discussion will also include examples of how cities are successfully using different levies.​​​