Expense Management

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

26 02, 2018

Car Allowance

2018-03-05T13:39:05-07:00February 26th, 2018|

Question: 1. Does your agency offer a car allowance for employees? If so: Who is it offered to (All employees, Management level, etc.)? How much is offered? How often? Download: Survey Results on Car Allowance, 2-26-2018

31 08, 2017

Overnight Travel

2017-10-03T10:15:56-07:00August 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

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

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 [...]

22 03, 2017

Utility Billing Software

2017-03-22T11:39:24-07:00March 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, [...]