Building a Better Budget - Advanced

This four-part webcast on the basics of budgeting will show you how to prepare and administer the township budget. Segments one and two cover the principles of budgeting, then segments three and four offer am advanced approach to creating a budget. (For a beginners guide to creating a budget, see Building a Better Budget -- Basics.) Learn about the policy choices facing boards when they adopt a budget, characteristics of a great budget process and final document, estimating revenues and expenditures, scrutinizing and adopting a budget, and monitoring budget compliance.

G. Lawrence “Larry” Merrill

Former Executive Director, Michigan Townships Association

Under the general direction of the Board of Directors, Larry spent many years executing the policies prescribed by the MTA Board of Directors and the membership. He was responsible for the overall operation and administration of the Association, where he has served since 1980. Prior to working for the Association, Larry was a county administrator and director of a county emergency medical services department.  Larry holds a master's degree in public administration, is the author of numerous books and articles on local government finances, administration and services and is a a popular presenter on topics related to townships and board governance. 

Michael Selden

Director of Member Information Services

Michael Selden is MTA's director of Member Information Services. As director, he supervises the development and delivery of Association member information programs and services.

Before joining MTA in November 2015, Selden served as the city manager of Wayland, Mich., for three years. In that role, he prepared and managed the city budget, supervised 22 employees, oversaw multiple city departments and served as liaison to numerous boards and commissions. Selden also served as the city manager of Bangor, Mich., from 2007-2012. He holds a master’s in public administration from the University of Michigan—Flint, where he also earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

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Budgeting Principles - Part 1
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Select the "View On-Demand Recording" button to begin. 1 hour 19 minutes
Budgeting Principles - Part 2
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Select the "View On-Demand Recording" button to begin. 1 hour 16 minutes
Creating a Budget - Advanced (Part 1)
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Select the "View On-Demand Recording" button to begin. 1 hour 25 minutes
Creating a Budget - Advanced (Part 2)
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Select the "View On-Demand Recording" button to begin. 1 hour 4 minutes