Budget Workshops 2017

Make plans to join us for the 2017 Budget Workshops! The dates and locations for this year’s series are now set and can be seen below. Each workshop runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with registration beginning at 9:30.

November 8 | Clear Lake
November 9 | Cherokee
November 14 | Atlantic
November 16 | Iowa City
November 28 | Independence
November 30 | Johnston

The annual Budget Workshops provide the latest important financial projects as well as step-by-step instructions for completing the city budget. Online registration, which requires a League Web site login and credit card payment, is now available. To pay by check, please use the mail-in registration form. The workshop policies page explains late fees, individual registration cancellations and weather-related cancellations.

  • 9:30 a.m. – Registration begins
  • 10:00-11:15 a.m. – Budget projections and issues for Fiscal Years 2018 & 2019
  • 11:15 a.m.-12 p.m. – Iowa Department of Management Update
  • 12-1 p.m. – Lunch
  • 1-3 p.m. – Budget Form Basics or Economic Development Strategies & Reporting (Concurrent sessions)

Workshop Topics
Budget Projections and Issues
League staff will provide the latest financial trends and projections important to city budgets

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 and a limited number of laptops will be provided. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own laptops if they have one available.

Economic Development Strategies & Reporting
This year’s advanced session will feature a discussion on the various tools cities can use to support local economic development activities and the reporting requirements related to those efforts. Topics will include urban renewal and revitalization, tax increment financing, tax rebates, tax abatement and more. The session will also offer guidance on properly completing the Annual Urban Renewal Report and TIF Certification form.