Building a Better Budget - Basic

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 a beginners guide to creating a budget. (For a more advanced approach to creating a budget, see Building a Better Budget -- Advanced.) 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

Executive Director, Michigan Townships Association

Under the general direction of the Board of Directors, Larry executes the policies prescribed by the MTA Board of Directors and the membership. He is responsible for the overall operation and administration of the Association. Larry has served on the MTA staff since 1980, and he holds a master's degree in public administration. Prior to working for the Association, Larry was a county administrator and director of a county emergency medical services department. He is the author of numerous books and on local government finances, administration and services as well as 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 playback. 1 hour 19 minutes
Budgeting Principles - Part 2
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Select the "View On-Demand Recording" button to begin playback. 1 hour 16 minutes
Creating a Budget - The Basics (Part 1)
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Select the "View On-Demand Recording" button to begin playback. 55 minutes
Creating a Budget - The Basics (Part 2)
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Select the "View On-Demand Recording" button to begin playback. 1 hour 6 minutes