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Public Finance Essentials for Elected Officials

""Primary audience

Elected officials

Course time

1 hour 20 minutes

This course will help elected officials become familiar with what goes into a city budget, gain confidence in the basic public financing process, and learn to communicate widely about budget decisions. Some of the topics covered include the property tax levy and fund accounting. This course is made up of two lessons: Public Finance 101 (35 minutes) and Public Finance 201 (45 minutes).

By completing this course, you will:

  • Become familiar with what goes into a city budget.
  • Understand revenue and expenditures, the property tax levy, and fund accounting.
  • Learn how to communicate about some of the complexities of a city budget – including how it impacts the community.

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Subject matter expert

Lisa Sova, Assistant Finance Director, League of Minnesota Cities


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0 – 20 users = $15 per user

21 – 50 users = $10 per user

Over 51 users = $7 per user

Please note: The above prices apply per order, not per city. To receive the bulk discounts, your city needs to register everyone for this course at once.


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