Podcast: How to Best Your Budget

Budget season can be intimidating. ICMA members share stories of personal resilience while maneuvering the budgeting process.

It takes a lot of courage to manage a local government. Between elected officials, your staff, and your residents, deliverables and expectations need to be managed with a level of complexity that can intimidate many. Fortunately, ICMA has tons of resources on how to make the best decisions for your community- including the expertise of its members.

In this episode of Local Gov Life, we talk to some ICMA members who discuss resilience in the face of The Great Recession, offer advice on transparency with your elected officials, and share stories that remind us that we aren’t in this alone. If you’ve ever had to make a tough decision when it came to budgets and contracts, this is one episode you won’t want to miss. Give it a listen and check out some ICMA resources to help you navigate through the budgeting process without a scratch.  

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  • Jeff Stonehill, borough manager/director of utilities, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
  • Jonathan Lewis, county administrator, Sarasota County, Florida
  • Kelly McAdoo, city manager, Hayward, California
  • Dennis Enslinger, deputy city manager, Gaithersburg, Maryland
  • Jorge Gonzalez, village manager, Bal Harbour, Florida


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