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.

2023 Aim Salary, Wage, and Fringe Benefits Survey

The 2023 Aim Salary, Wage, and Fringe Benefits Survey results are now available! This comprehensive survey 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 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!

For an electronic copy of the 2023 Salary, Wage, and Fringe Benefits Survey, please contact [email protected].

2024 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 2024 Budget Bulletin is designed to assist city and town officials with the responsibility of developing and adopting a budget. The first section of this publication is a narrative that discusses some generalities of the Indiana municipal budget process, including how to determine expenses and revenues, and how to balance the budget. The text organizes the budget process into the logical steps that a municipality would take to reach the final adoption of a budget. Supplements follow to help with specific components of a municipal budget. All municipalities may not need to use the information provided in every supplement to complete a budget.

2023 Budget Revenue Estimates

The state has released the Estimated Miscellaneous Revenues for Budget Year 2023. This report provides estimated amounts of various miscellaneous revenues for both the periods of July through December 2022 and Budget Year 2023. 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 2023 budgets. Please direct questions to [email protected].

2023 Maximum Levy Growth Quotient

The State Budget Agency has calculated the maximum levy growth quotient pursuant to IC 6-1.1-18.5-2 for property tax levies first due and payable in CY 2023. The growth quotient for CY 2023 is 5.000%. The supporting documentation is contained in the attached file and uses the information released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis on June 22, 2022.

2021 Guide to Public Purchasing

The 2021 Public Purchasing Guide provides a general guide to Indiana’s public procurement laws – specifically those statutes governing the purchase of goods and services. The publication 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.