2019 Budget Workshops

We are here to help as you begin budgeting. Join us for the 2019 Budget Workshops as we help cities develop their Fiscal Year 2021 budgets. The workshops provide a rundown of the important factors that impact city budgets while helping attendees understand the state requirements for completing and filing the budget. The Budget Workshops are designed for city administrators, city clerks and finance officers, but are open to all city officials.

Attendees are encouraged to register online at www.iowaleague.org. Payments can be made by check or credit card. If paying by check, please use the registration confirmation as documentation for payment as invoices will not be sent. Please include a copy of your registration with the payment. Late fee policy and weather cancellation is available online.

Registration costs $50 for members and $75 for non-members. Lunch will be provided.

9:30 a.m. – Registration begins
10:00-11 a.m. – Budget projections and issues
11a.m.-12 p.m. – Iowa Department of Management Update
12-12:45 p.m. – Lunch
12:45-3 p.m. – Budget Form Basics or How Should We Pay for That? (Concurrent sessions)

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

Iowa 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.

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.

How Should We Pay for That?
This advanced session will provide attendees a better understanding of the various options  cities have to finance projects, programs and purchases along with best practices for successfully managing its debt. Presenters will help identify the best financing tool for different types of needs and detail strategies for the most effective use of a city’s debt capacity.

November 12 | Fort Dodge​​
Triton Room, Iowa Central East Campus
2031 Quail Avenue, Fort Dodge, IA 50501

November 14 | Spencer
Clay County Regional Events Center
800 W 18th St, Spencer, IA 51301

November 19 | Harlan
The Therkildsen Center
706 Victoria St, Harlan, IA 51537

November 21 | Iowa City
Hilton Garden Inn
328 S Clinton St, Iowa City, IA 52240

December 3 | Cedar Falls
Holiday Inn & Convention Center
7400 Hudson Rd, Cedar Falls, IA 50613

December 5 | Johnston
Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center
5291 Stoney Creek Ct, Johnston, IA 50131