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The creation of a capital plan occurs long before the development of a capital budget. Get more involved and help recognize your government's capital needs today!

Finance officers have an opportunity to contribute valuable insight to all stages of capital plans and help insure capital project investments align with long-term service goals, objectives, and strategies. This book is divided into two sections. The first section of the book discusses considerations... Details

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Second Edition
The Government Finance Officers Association launched its most popular publications series 24 years ago when it issued An Elected Official's Guide to Government Finance. This second edition provides an overview of key financial management issues by topic, and includes references to new and updated GFOA policies and recommended practices. This book is divided into six general finance categories: Financial Policies,... Details
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NEW! An Elected Official's Guide: Managing Your Community's Assets - Capital Planning & Debt E-Book

Building the future of a community requires careful planning. With billions of debt issued annually by local governments to fund the country's roads, rails, and transit systems, understanding the money behind the project is vital to planning a thriving community.
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NEW! An Elected Official's Guide: Managing Your Community's Assets - Capital Planning & Debt Set

Inclludes paperbound and e-book versions.


Building the future of a community requires careful planning. With billions of debt issued annually by local governments to fund the country's roads, rails, and transit systems, understanding the money behind the project is vital to planning a thriving community.
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NEW! An Elected Official's Guide: Managing Your Community's Assets - Capital Planning & Debt

Building the future of a community requires careful planning. With billions of debt issued annually by local governments to fund the country's roads, rails, and transit systems, understanding the money behind the project is vital to planning a thriving community.
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Financial Policies

Financial policies are used by a governing board and executive management to set the baseline standards for how the organization will be managed financially. Financial Policies is a GFOA publication that provides guidance on developing and implementing financial policies. The book takes a new look at traditional policies such as those for general fund reserves, debt, and revenues. It also... Details
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There is probably no single number in a typical state or local government’s financial statements that attracts more attention and discussion than fund balance. Recently, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board issued guidance that will fundamentally alter the classifications and terminology that governments use to present this uniquely important amount in their financial statements. This publication offers a practical way for anyone with an interest in state or... Details