A Budgeting Guide for Local Government 2020: Session 1: Budget Basics

Recorded On: 06/02/2020

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Learn the fundamentals that every local government manager should know. Back by popular demand, this three-part webinar series takes a forward-looking, strategic approach to budgeting while showing you how to improve the process and promote economic vitality in your community.

Based on the brand-new fourth edition of ICMA’s A Budgeting Guide for Local Government, this series is hosted by coauthor Dr. Michael Overton, associate professor at the University of Idaho, and Scott Huizenga, budget officer for Kansas City, Missouri.

You will discuss:

  • Lessons for budgeting and the budgeting cycle
  • Budget preparation and legislative approval
  • Executive implementation
  • Financial controls, communication, and compliance
  • Accounting and auditing
  • Understanding the overall financial picture
  • Projections and forecasting
  • Capital budgeting
  • Performance measurement
  • Long-term planning

Like the book, this program is designed for local government managers and assistant managers who would like to gain a better understanding of the fundamentals of the budgeting process.



Session One – 06/02/2020: Budget Basics: the budget, the budgeting cycle, and the evolution of budgeting 

Session Two – 06/09/2020: Understanding Financial Management: the financial picture, projecting the future, policies and rules 

Session Three – 06/16/2020: Long-term Budgeting and Planning: capital budgeting, performance measurement, long-term planning


From A Budgeting Guide for Local Government, 4th Edition:

  • Chapter 1: The Context of Local Government Finance
  • Chapter 7: Budget Choices: Principles to Guide the Manager

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.

Scott Huizenga

Budget Officer

Scott Huizenga is a local government professional with nearly 20 years of experience in city management, municipal finance, labor negotiation, capital improvements, and economic development, and is a nationally-recognized leader in resident engagement, budget and policy formation, strategic and financial planning, and developing financial policies. 

Scott recently began a new role as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget for the City of San Antonio, Texas. He manages the development, implementation, and monitoring of the city’s 2.9 billion annual budget. Previously, Scott served as the Budget Director of Kansas City, Missouri.  He led the development of the City’s Citywide Business Plan and Five-Year Financial Model. Scott also was previously the City Administrator of East Grand Forks, Minnesota, a full-service city serving 8,601 residents within a metropolitan area of approximately 70,000 residents. Scott studied Public Administration at the University of North Dakota, and holds a Master of Public Administration Degree from the University of Kansas.


06/02/2020 at 1:00 PM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
06/02/2020 at 1:00 PM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
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