2021 Budget Workshops

The 2021 Budget Workshops will be held in November with five in-person events along with a virtual option. The workshops are designed to provide information to help cities develop their annual budget. Presentations will include an overview of financial projections and estimates important to city budgets, an update from the Iowa Department of Management, a session covering the basics of using the City Budget Form and an advanced session discussing the current state of municipal finances. Registration costs $50 for members.

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Workshop Dates/Locations

  • Thursday, November 4 | Carson
  • Tuesday, November 9 | Coralville
  • Wednesday, November 10 | Cherokee
  • Tuesday, November 16 | Waverly
  • Thursday, November 18 | West Des Moines
  • Tuesday, November 23 | Virtual (Zoom)

9:30 am | Registration Opens
10:00 am | Budget Projections & Issues
11:00 am | Iowa Department of Management Update
12:00 pm | Lunch Break
12:45 pm | Concurrent Breakout Sessions - Budget Form Basics or The Latest in Municipal Finance

Session Overview

udget Projections and Issues
League staff will facilitate a discussion on financial trends and projections important to your city budget.

owa Department of Management Update
An update on changes to the state budget form will be provided along with guidance on recent legislative changes to the budget approval process. Always an important session for attendees, there are a variety of new items to cover given all that is occurring with federal funding, changes to the state's property tax system, and more.

Following lunch, attendees may choose between two concurrent sessions: 

Budget Form Basics 
Ted Nellesen from 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.

The Latest in Municipal Finance
It has been a whirlwind of change for city governments big and small over the past two years. This advanced session will take a deeper look into the financial impacts of the Covid pandemic, federal funding that has been allocated to cities (including American Rescue Plan funding uses), how the 2020 Census will alter revenue streams, coming changes to the property tax rollback, and more.