Agenda

8:30 a.m.
Registration

9:00 a.m.
Welcome

9:10 a.m.
Basic Legal Requirements for Budget and Tax Rate Setting
A discussion of the requirements of Chapters 102 and 103 of the Local Government Code, along with a general overview of the laws concerning the property tax rate setting process.
Bill Longley, Legislative Counsel, Texas Municipal League

10:00 a.m.
Components of a Budget and Budget Implementation
A basic overview of what a city budget actually looks like, including a discussion of the different approaches a city can take to the budgeting process.
Martie Simpson, CPA, Executive Director, Government Finance Officers Association of Texas

10:45 a.m.
Break

11:00 a.m.
A Look at the Tax Rate Setting Process
A look at the important calculations and the key players in tax rate process.
Martie Simpson, CPA, Executive Director, Government Finance Officers Association of Texas

11:45 a.m.
Networking Lunch

12:30 p.m.
Forecasting Municipal Revenue
A discussion of the different types of city revenue, and key indicators to predict how much will be available to the city.
Michael Rodgers, Director of Finance and Administration, City of Webster

1:15 p.m.
Expenditures and Financial Reporting
A discussion of the preparation of expenditure budgets and reporting the results of operations.
Michael Rodgers, Director of Finance and Administration, City of Webster

1:45 p.m.
Questions You Were Afraid to Ask About Budgeting and Tax Rate Setting
Audience question-and-answer session with real-life city examples and issues that come up during the budget and tax rate setting process.
Moderator: Bill Longley, Legislative Counsel, Texas Municipal League
Panelists: Michael Rodgers, Director of Finance and Administration, City of Webster; and Martie Simpson, CPA, Executive Director, Government Finance Officers Association of Texas

2:30 p.m.
SB 2 Passed. What Now?
Stay for this discussion about the timing and implementation of the overhaul to the property tax rate setting process.
Bill Longley, Legislative Counsel, Texas Municipal League; Michael Rodgers, Director of Finance and Administration, City of Webster; and Martie Simpson, CPA, Executive Director, Government Finance Officers Association of Texas

3:00 p.m.
Workshop Ends

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