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President's Letter Summer 2019

Dear Fellow GGFOA Members, Our 34th Annual Conference in Savannah, GA at the Riverfront Marriott will be here before you know it, September 29 – October 2, 2019. The annual conference committee has been working extremely hard to finalize last minute preparations for our conference. The theme this year is Anchored in Excellence. Our conference committee has prepared a jam-packed, exciting agenda for you all! You will have an opportunity to earn a total of 17.4 CPE credits or 14.5 CEUs...



Depression and the Finance Officer

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Georgia Department of Administrative Services: Resource for Local Governments

The Georgia Department of Administrative Services (DOAS) offers state agencies and local governments a portal to get the best value for taxpayer dollars. Below are descriptions of some of the available options. Fuel Cards The state’s fuel card system is supported by WEX, Inc. These fuel cards are accepted at vendors across the state of Georgia. The fuel card is tied to a vehicle and requires pin numbers for individual drivers. Your government will get a rebate for using the card....



Phishing Attacks on Cities Increasing

Recently there has been an increase in cyber-attacks on local governments in Georgia. In an effort to further enhance awareness, GMA wants to highlight a common cyber-attack that everyone should be aware of: phishing. What is Phishing? "Phishing" is a common type of cyber-attack that affects many organizations, including city governments. Phishing attacks can take numerous forms, but they all share a common goal – getting an individual to share sensitive information such as login...



Budgetary Comparisons: Statement or Required Supplementary Information (RSI)?

Local government appropriated budgets in Georgia enjoy the force of law and as such budgetary comparisons are a critical part of information and communication as it relates to internal and external financial reporting. Citizens, governing bodies, oversight agencies, and other interested parties all want to know, “Can the government entity demonstrate compliance with the appropriated budget at the legal level of control?” Therefore, budgetary comparisons are necessary to determine...



Finding a Balance: Tax Exemptions for Seniors

Policies concerning the growing population of seniors age 65 and older are an important challenge across the United States. According to SeniorLiving.org, approximately 47 million seniors reside in the United States, with that number expected to double by 2060. Governments increasingly create tax exemptions and other incentives that essentially target seniors because seniors hold pivotal socio-economic and political roles in communities. However, policymakers must craft balanced policies...



GASB 84 - Fiduciary Activities

Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) Statement No. 84, Fiduciary Activities, was issued in January 2017, and could significantly change how a government reports its fiduciary funds. What Are Fiduciary Activities? Fiduciary generally means you are holding something for someone else. This could include assets held in trust for a private purpose, such as a scholarship fund; post-employment benefits such as pensions and other items; or funds belonging to one party/entity that are...



Member Spotlight Beth Allen

What is your current job title? Cleveland Finance Officer How long have you been in the position? 25 years How did you decide to go into local government finance? When a position came open in the city, a few community leaders felt I would be a good fit for the city and encouraged me to apply for the position. What is the best part about being in local government finance? Why? I have a passion for working with numbers and problem solving. I like...



Committee News (Summer 2019)

ANNUAL CONFERENCE COMMITTEE GGFOA 34th Annual Conference Anchored in Excellence GGFOA is excited to celebrate our 34th Annual Conference and your Conference Committee has selected an ideal venue, the Savannah Marriott Riverfront Hotel. The conference will be held September 29 - October 2, 2019 at the Savannah Marriott Riverfront Hotel located at 100 General McIntosh Blvd, Savannah, Georgia 31401. Although the Savannah Marriott Riverfront and Homewood Suites Hotel are both fully...



President's Letter Spring 2019

Dear Fellow GGFOA Members, Our 34th Annual Conference in Savannah, GA at the Riverfront Marriott is just a few months away, September 29 – October 2, 2019. The annual conference committee has been working extremely hard to prepare for our conference. The theme this year is Anchored in Excellence, and registration will open on or around July 1st. All active members will be emailed as soon as registration opens with additional information, including links to download the conference...



The Fraud Triangle

Who loves a good headline? Picture this – you are a resident of Anytown and start each morning with a cup of coffee and the local news. Today’s headline reads, “Local government employee indicted for theft of government funds.” As a long-time resident and taxpayer of Anytown, you are thinking to yourself, “How could this occur in my county? If the County allowed this to happen, I am sure that theft is widespread throughout; I will be voting “No” in the upcoming sales tax...



The Time to Reform Fine and Fee Systems is Now

Increasingly we hear of the need for criminal justice reform designed to, among other things, reduce recidivism and decrease the number of people entering the prison system in the first place. One such factor taking away from these efforts is local governments who rely heavily on criminal fines and fees to fund their criminal justice operations. Since 2010, 48 states have increased civil and/or criminal fees assessed on defendants, and each year, more and more individuals unable to pay...