Handbook for Minnesota Cities Chapter 20: Municipal Budgeting

Handbook Chapter

Published: October 15, 2020

Municipal Budgeting
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Learn the characteristics of city budgets as a work plan and communication tool. Understand the budget cycle and structures, sources of city revenue like taxes, franchise fees, enterprise funds, and service charges. Discusses debt service, typical expenditure categories, and planning for multiple-year expenditures, like infrastructure, with a separate capital improvement plan and budget. Become aware how Governmental Accounting and Standards (GASB) and Truth in Taxation impact budgeting.