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.

2021 Salary, Wage, and Fringe Benefits Survey

The Salary, Wage, and Fringe Benefits Survey is a comprehensive survey covering 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.


It’s time to complete the 2021 Aim Annual Salary Survey!

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 PDF is available here. The Town Salary Survey PDF 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, May 7.

View a list of frequently asked questions here. If you have any questions about the survey or are experiencing technical difficulties, please contact Erin Jamison-Koenig

For an electronic copy of the 2020 Salary, Wage, and Fringe Benefits Survey, please contact [email protected].

2021 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 2021 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.

2021 Budget Revenue Estimates

The state has released the Estimated Miscellaneous Revenues for Budget Year 2021. This report provides estimated amounts of various miscellaneous revenues for both the periods of July through December 2020 and Budget Year 20201. 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 2021 budgets. Please direct questions to [email protected].

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.