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1 BUDGETING & ACCOUNTING FOR GRANTS AND CAPITAL PROJECTS 2011 Municipal Professionals’ Institute Patrick Callahan, Snyder & Associates, Financial Consultant

2 CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLANNING (CIP) CIP Definition - Written Document  Long range plan (4-6 years)  Planning, scheduling, & financing  Construction projects & equipment  Key- Costs & Frequency

3 CIP - “THE MISSING LINK”  COMPREHENSIVE PLAN  CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS PLAN  CITY’S ANNUAL BUDGET

4 PARTS OF PLANNING PROCESS COMP PLAN SMART PLAN STAFFCOUNCILCITIZENS GOAL SETTING/CIP ANNUAL BUDGET

5 CIP - THE TOP TEN LIST 1. Systematic Evaluation of all Potential Projects - At Same Time 2. Stabilize Debt Structure 3. Consolidate Projects - Reduce Borrowing Costs 4. Public Relations 5. Preserve the City’s Infrastructure

6 CIP TOP TEN LIST continued 6. Economic Development Tool - City has “It’s Act Together” 7. Efficient Use of City Money 8. Foster Cooperation - Everyone has the “Big Picture” 9. Inform Other Governments - County, Schools, Cities 10. Accomplish Long Term Goals

7 GETTING CIP “BUY IN” Mayor/Council/City Administrator/Department Heads 1. Seek Project Suggestions 2. Ranking of Projects 3. Semi-Annual Review 4. Regular CIP Updates

8 LEGAL ASPECTS OF CIP 1. Public Hearing - Code of Iowa (3) 2. CIP Levy cents/$1,000 - Voters 3. Bid Letting - Code of Iowa Emergency Levy - 27 cents/$1,000

9 CONSTITUTIONAL DEBT LIMIT  5% of Assessed Value - Not Taxable Value  Applies to G.O., TIF & LOST Bonds  Not Apply to Revenue Bonds, RUT Bonds, or Special Assessment Bonds

10 CIP PROCESS 1. Define the Criteria 2. Organize the Process 3. Develop Basic Policies 4. Forecast the Demand or Growth 5. Inventory Existing Facilities 6. Prepare Project Proposals

11 CIP PROCESS continued 7. Seek Advice 8. Review City’s Finances 9. Prepare Scenarios - Schedules 10. Prepare CIP Draft 11. Public Hearing 12. Final Draft - Council Resolution

12 CIP – First Year in the Next City Budget  Identify Expenditures and Revenues  Consider the tax levies  Review the special revenues

13 CIP INFORMATION  TITLE  DESCRIPTION  JUSTIFICATION  LOCATION  DEPT. PRIORITY  REVENUE IMPACT  CAPITAL COSTS  COSTS - ANNUAL  FINANCING  RELATIONSHIP  STATUS  COUNCIL PRIORITY

14 SOURCES OF FUNDING FOR CAPITAL PROJECTS Potential Revenue Sources 1. Municipal Debt Financing a. G.O. Bonds - Essential Purpose (No Vote) b. G.O. Bonds - General Purpose (60% Vote) 2. Revenue Bonds 3. Special Assessments 4. Loan Agreements 5. RUT Money

15 SOURCES OF FUNDING FOR CAPITAL PROJECTS continued 7. Grants & Donations 8. Lease Purchase Agreements 9. TIF Funds 10. LOT Revenue - Voter Approval 11. User Fees 12. Special Taxing Districts

16 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 1. Municipal Debt Financing 2. G.O. vs Revenue Debt 3. G.O. vs. TIF Debt -Disclaimer- Consult the City’s Bonding Attorney

17 BEST PRACTICES FINAL COMMENTS 1. Questions 2. Suggestions 3. Getting Started with a CIP

18 Contact Information Patrick Callahan Snyder & Associates 5005 Bowling St. SW Cedar Rapids, IA Cell: (563)


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