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Financial Management of Municipal Court Services

Financial Management of Municipal Court Services

August 18, 2016 by Tracey Dunlap
Category: Finance Advisor , Financial Management

This Advisor column addresses how municipalities can work together with the judicial system to provide effective financial management of the municipal courts.

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A Few Simple Tips for Presenting Financial Information to Non-Financial Audiences

A Few Simple Tips for Presenting Financial Information to Non-Financial Audiences

August 27, 2015 by Tracey Dunlap
Category: Finance , Finance Advisor

Presentations of financial information are a routine part of municipal operations; however, they are not always the most widely anticipated. Tracey Dunlap provides some good tips for making your data more understandable.

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Why is Property Tax So Complicated?

Why is Property Tax So Complicated?

February 2, 2015 by Tracey Dunlap
Category: Finance Advisor , Property Taxes

In this month's Finance Advisor column, Tracey Dunlap, City of Kirkland Director of Finance and Administration, gives us a "property tax 101" overview of the limits on regular property taxes.

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Capital Project Financial Management - Seeking the "Universal Translator"

August 1, 2014 by Tracey Dunlap
Category: Finance , Finance Advisor

Have you ever had one of the following experiences?
  • You ask for the financial status of a capital project and you get different answers from Finance and the Project Manager.
  • A capital project that has been on track appears to suddenly look like it will be significantly over budget.
  • Additional funds need to be appropriated for a project that was completed within budget...

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Reprioritizing in the Rebound

September 1, 2013 by Tracey Dunlap
Category: Finance Advisor , Financial Management , Fund Balance and Reserves

At a recent retreat, the Kirkland City Council discussed how to proactively plan what to do with increased revenues as the economy recovers; in other words, reprioritizing in the rebound. Some of the key points from that discussion are provided below and might be of use in putting recent positive economic news into context. I began the discussion of the topic with the following quote:

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Lessons Learned from Two Successful Levy Lid Lifts

January 31, 2013 by Tracey Dunlap
Category: Finance Advisor , Property Taxes

The City of Kirkland was fortunate to have two levy lid lift measures pass on the November 2012 General Election Ballot.

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Some Tips on Time Commitment and Management for Busy Financial Professionals

May 1, 2012 by Tracey Dunlap
Category: Management , Finance Advisor

I was recently asked to provide some tips on time commitment and management based on my experience as a consultant, and I thought some of the information would be useful for busy finance professionals in these busy economic times. So this is the first tip - use information in multiple forums!

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Keeping Internal Controls Fresh in Your Organization

March 1, 2012 by Tracey Dunlap
Category: Finance Advisor

Kirkland tries to keep the issue of internal controls before management and staff in a variety of ways, including periodic “internal control moments” at senior management meetings, ad hoc training on specific topics, inviting departments with issues to the exit conference, etc. The city recently completed a large annexation and we decided that this would be a great time to do some organization-wide training.

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