Expense Management

31 08, 2017

Overnight Travel

2017-10-03T10:15:56+00:00 August 31st, 2017|

Question:  Does your agency require overnight travel to be approved by City Council? Does your agency allow out of state travel? - If so, is it approved by City Council or by the Director? Download: Survey Results on Overnight Travel, 08-31-2017

11 08, 2017

Revenue Enhancement Strategies

2017-10-04T10:26:40+00:00 August 11th, 2017|

Question: Santa Barbara County is currently in the process of a County-wide 5-year strategic rebalancing and resiliency initiative, looking at all of our services, processes, technology, facilities and overall budget. I am specifically on the Re-Balance Resources team that is looking at potential revenue enhancement initiatives and opportunities for the County. If there are any [...]

12 06, 2017


2017-06-12T10:34:46+00:00 June 12th, 2017|

Question:  How do you handle the year end encumbrances? Do you have a policy you could share? Do you allow departments within your organization to use personnel savings for non-personnel costs? Download: Survey Results on Encumbrance, 06-11-2017

18 04, 2017

Cell Tower Leases

2017-04-18T11:31:55+00:00 April 18th, 2017|

Question: How much are your costs for leasing a cell tower? Download: Results of Survey on Cell Tower Leases, 04-11-2017

18 04, 2017

References for GovInvest

2017-04-18T11:29:21+00:00 April 18th, 2017|

Question: I had received a number of requests that I share the results of my GovInvest inquiry. It looks like they are reaching out to a number of agencies, but I didn’t receive much in the way of references from those who are using their services. City of Gault thought about using them, but decided against [...]

22 03, 2017

Utility Billing Software

2017-03-22T11:39:24+00:00 March 22nd, 2017|

Question: We are looking into acquiring a new Water/Sewer Billing System, and would like to know the name of the system that your agency is using. If you have recently purchased or implemented a Utility Billing Software, we would really appreciate you sharing your experience with us. Download: Results of Survey of Utility Billing Software, [...]

14 10, 2016

Funding for Employee Events

2016-10-14T14:18:26+00:00 October 14th, 2016|

Question: I think we all would like to say working for our agency is like working with oury best friends. Events and gatherings like Xmas parties, monthly birthday celebrations, BBQ’s & potlucks all work towards making it a better place to work. Our attorney’s do not represent many public agencies. They have told us that any contribution of money [...]

13 07, 2016

Firms for Water Rate Study

2016-07-13T12:49:48+00:00 July 13th, 2016|

Questions: What firms do you recommend for a Water Rate Study? Download: Survey Results of Water Rate Study, 7-12-2016

19 05, 2016

Credit Cards and Online Bill Pay Services

2016-05-19T10:37:55+00:00 May 19th, 2016|

Question: I have not seen this question in a while so I would like to ask regarding credit card charges and online bill pay services: Which vendor do you use for online bill pay? Do you require the customer to pay for the service or does the City absorb the cost? If your City absorbs the [...]