25 05, 2018

General Fund Reserve Policy

2018-05-25T13:38:45-07:00May 25th, 2018|

Question: We are in the process of reviewing our General Fund reserve policy. As part of the review I am interested in other entities’ policies. We are looking for: General Fund Operating Budget Population General Fund Reserve Percentage Download: General Fund Reserve Policy, 5-25-2018

18 12, 2017

Budget Carry-Forwards Process

2018-01-30T12:19:36-07:00December 18th, 2017|

Question: I am looking to improve our Budget Carry-Forward process. How does your agency process budget carry-forwards? Download: Survey Results on Budget Carry-Forwards Process, 12-18-2017

22 08, 2017

Budget Module

2017-10-03T10:11:30-07:00August 22nd, 2017|

Question: The City of Walnut Creek has recently implemented a new ERP system, Tyler Munis. We’ve purchased the Munis budget module to build the City’s biennium budget. Currently I am using Questica, a separate budget software integrated with our legacy system. I need to make a decision soon if I need to continue using Questica. [...]

11 08, 2017

Revenue Enhancement Strategies

2017-10-04T10:26:40-07:00August 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


2017-06-12T10:34:46-07:00June 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

15 05, 2017

Budget Spreadsheet

2017-06-08T15:10:35-07:00May 15th, 2017|

Question: Citrus Heights Water currently prepares its budget using excel workbooks, and we are looking to improve them. I dug around in the CSMFO resources page, but did not see any other examples of budget preparation workbooks If anyone who currently uses spreadsheets to prepare their budgets wouldn’t mind sharing, I would greatly appreciate it. [...]

21 04, 2017

Status Quo or Cuts Budgets

2017-04-21T10:20:52-07:00April 21st, 2017|

Question: Like many cities, Oakland is in the midst of developing it's FY 2017-19 Biennial Budget. We are interested in how many cities are proposing a "status quo" budget(s) or a "cuts" budget(s). Would you please respond to this email if your city is proposing one of those budgets for the next fiscal year (years [...]

18 04, 2017

Cell Tower Leases

2017-04-18T11:31:55-07:00April 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

2017-04-18T11:29:21-07:00April 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 [...]