Budgeting Assistance for Cities and Towns

We’re here to help you navigate the complex world of budget adoption. The links and information on this page will help you with your budgeting responsibilities.

2020 Salary, Wage, and Fringe Benefits Survey

The 2020 Salary, Wage, and Fringe Benefits Survey is a comprehensive survey that covers basic demographic information, healthcare, time off and other benefits, as well as specific salary information for elected officials and municipal employees.

The Salary Survey has long been a valuable tool for all Indiana cities and towns. As we head into another season of budget-making, the survey results are useful in providing comparative data for decision making and an in-depth view of what others are doing. The more municipalities that complete the survey, the more valuable the results will be! Please consider submitting a survey.

Here is an overview of how to complete the survey:

1. One survey per municipality. While we are notifying all members about the survey opportunity, we only accept one survey per municipality. Please communicate internally to determine who should be responsible for completing the survey. Often, we find it takes a few people to gather the information, such as, your payroll or human resources staff along with the Clerk-Treasurer or City Controller.

2. Complete the survey online. The survey is completed online via Survey Monkey. Your survey will automatically save, however, you must use the same computer each time to retrieve your responses. You must also click “Next” at the bottom of the page to save the responses on that associated page.

Tip: Print a PDF version of the survey. The City Salary Survey is available here. The Town Salary Survey is available here. The PDF is exactly the same as the online version. This will be useful as you gather data and make notes.

3. Have your salary ordinance on hand. Once you’ve gathered information on number of employees and benefits, the rest of the information should be contained in your salary ordinance.

4. Attend the free Aim webinar on Tuesday, March 3, to walk through the survey and process, and ask your questions.

5. The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 24. Ready to complete the survey? Start now!

View a list of frequently asked questions here.

If you have any questions about the survey or if you are having technical difficulties, please contact Erin Jamison-Koenig at (317) 237-6200 x228 or [email protected].

For an electronic copy of the 2019 Salary, Wage, and Fringe Benefits Survey, please contact [email protected].

Information from State Auditor

The Indiana Auditor of State released a memo pertaining to CY 2020 Budgeting and Population Based Distributions. In preparing for the 2020 census, the Auditor of State and the City of Indianapolis discovered the population factor used for the City of Indianapolis needed to be adjusted. The memo states the adjustment will affect all cities and towns.

2020 Aim Budget Bulletin

Aim annually publishes a comprehensive guide to municipal budgeting, and each of our municipal members receives a copy of this valuable administrative resource. The 2020 Budget Bulletin features process and “how-to” information, as well as formulaic information from the State Auditor and Department of Local Government Finance that you’ll need to complete your budget.

FY 2020 Budget Revenue Estimates

The state released the Estimated Miscellaneous Revenues for Budget Year 2020. This report provides estimated amounts of various miscellaneous revenues for both the periods of July through December 2019 and Budget Year 2020. In addition, the report provides detail on how these estimated revenues were computed. Revenues included are those for which the Department currently has data available to compute values on a statewide basis. Local governments may also have additional revenues not documented on this report that should be considered when formulating the 2020 budgets. Please direct questions to [email protected].

FY 2019 Distribution of Riverboat Wagering Riverboat Tax Revenue

The Auditor of State (AOS) has distributed the annual riverboat wagering tax revenue. For state fiscal year 2019 (July 1 – June 30), this amount is thirty-three million dollars ($33,000,000). The funds should be in your designated bank account within three business days. The breakdown for each county can be found on the AOS website.

FY 2019 MVH/LRS/Cigarette Tax/Alcoholic Beverage Factor Distribution Formulas

As required by statute, the local share of dollars from the Motor Vehicle Highway Account and the Local Road and Street Account has been adjusted, requiring the first 70 million dollars of gasoline tax to be allocated to the State Highway Road Construction and Improvement Fund. All counties and municipalities with a population over 15k are required to have a Highway Annual Operational Report on file with the State Board of Accounts. Failing to do so could result in Motor Vehicle Highway dollars being withheld until the locality is compliant.

2016 Guide to Public Purchasing

The 2016 Public Purchasing Guide provides a general guide to Indiana’s public procurement laws – specifically those statutes governing the purchase of goods and services. It is intended to provide members with a basic understanding of the procedures surrounding purchasing. The Purchasing Guide is for Indiana’s cities and towns, and for special purpose entities such as park districts, redevelopment districts, and storm water districts established by individual municipalities.