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CLA workshop to explore government finances

January 24, 2012

Photo of calculator and ledgerDebits, credits, revenues and expenses – it must be budget season again.

NIU’s Civic Leadership Academy will host a workshop Thursday, Feb. 16, titled “Understanding Your Government’s Finances and Financial Position.”

The workshop is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at NIU-Naperville, 1120 East Diehl Road in Naperville.

Presenter Brian Caputo, director of finance for the City of Aurora, will guide participants in:

  • becoming familiar with essential general concepts in local governmental budgeting with a particular emphasis on Illinois,
  • understanding the basic components of governmental fund accounting, and
  • learning the fundamentals of governmental procurement

This workshop is designed to provide participants with a critical understanding of the processes, policies and politics that surround governmental budgeting and finance.

A public budget is about policy choices: how much money, how to raise it, how to spend it and how to account for it. Because budgets are about choices, they reflect the priorities and values of those who shape them.

Participants will gain an understanding of the concepts and techniques needed by civic leaders to understand budgets and financial management.

Registration is available online.

The Civic Leadership Academy is sponsored by NIU’s Center for Governmental Studies. For more information, call (815) 753-0923 or (815) 753-7574.