2022 Council Orientation Series Session 3: Understanding the Budget and Strategic Plan
In this session,
attendees will gain a greater understanding of the local government budget and
how it relates to the strategic plan. It will cover:
- How the budget is used as a policy tool
- The basics of budgeting and an overview of elements such as spending within means, revenues, variances, and reserves
- Economic analysis and long-term planning
- Types of budgeting methods
George B. Cuff
Management Consultant, George B. Cuff & Associates; former mayor, Spruce Grove, AB, Canada
George Cuff began management consulting in 1979 and established his own firm in 1984. His work focuses on the art of governance and the elements that help organizations become more effective.
His firm of experienced professionals has conducted approximately 500 corporate governance reviews and George has personally conducted another 500 seminars for various public sector organizations. George has published over 300 articles as well as five books on local government and governance.
George served four terms as mayor of the city of Spruce Grove, Alberta, having been first elected in 1977. In addition to having chaired numerous boards and committees, George is also a past president of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (1982-83) and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (1988-89). George was also recognized as one of Alberta’s leading citizens by being awarded the Centennial Medal in 2005. He was honored by his profession in 2007 when he was awarded the designation (FCMC) as a Fellow of the Canadian Management Consultants Association. George was also awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Dr. Michael Overton
Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Administration
Michael Overton (Ph.D., University of North Texas, 2015) is an assistant professor of public administration, using his public sector experience to identify research topics that matter to government entities. His research focuses on the intersection of local government management and fiscal policy. He is particularly interested in topics involving local government fiscal health, economic development financing, transportation and local government competition. His research into these areas has been funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, SMART Transit, the North Central Texas Council of Governments and has been published in prominent public administration journals including The Review of Regional Studies, The American Review of Public Administration, State and Local Government and Public Money and Management.
Over the brief tenure of his career, he has received prestigious awards for his scholarship. In 2015, he won the Toulouse Dissertation Award in Social Science for best social science dissertation at UNT. He was selected for the 2016 Lincoln Scholars Program hosted by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and recently, he was honored as a 2017 American Society of Public Administration Founders Fellow.