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.


The 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 2017 Aim 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.

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.

2017 Salary, Wage, and Fringe Benefits Survey

The 2016 Salary, Wage, and Fringe Benefits Survey is available to Municipal and Associate Members. Organized into three different size categories, the survey provides annual compensation and benefits information to assist municipal officials in reviewing comparative data and creating budgets. The Annual Survey report is a benefit that Aim offers to members and we ask that you do not distribute the results outside of your municipality. Information is based upon data submitted by Aim members and is not verified. 

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 rationale 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 available 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. The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 28

Ready to complete the survey? Start now!