Little Budget Book: A Portable Budgeting Guide for Local Government (Little Handbooks)

9780963437419: Little Budget Book: A Portable Budgeting Guide for Local Government (Little Handbooks)
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The Little Budget Book is part of the Little Handbook series and is a compilation of practical ideas, concepts, questions and checklists for people who prepare, evaluate and implement public agency budgets. New budgeters will find it invaluable as a learning aide. Seasoned budgeters will find it to be an excellent reference source for ideas and checklists.

The Little Budget Book is divided into five sections:
1.Budget Overview covers overall trends and types of budgets.
2.Preparing Budgets identifies issues and steps in putting together a credible budget.
3.Analyzing Budgets discusses evaluation approaches and analytical techniques.
4.Budget Savvy covers the behavioral aspects of budgeting.
5.Budget Techniques covers tools such as trend analysis, discounting, rounding and depreciation..

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From the Author:

I enjoy the management aspects of budgeting and in the Little Budget Book, I reveal the secrets of savvy budgeters gained from several years of preparing, analyzing and critiquing public agency budgets. My intent was to create a quick read, handy reference source that contains the important budget concepts. The most frequent comment I get about this book is that it is oneof the best, if not the best, in its subject area. The Little Budget Book is being or has been used as a primary or secondary text by several Universities including the University of Southern California, University of Illinois, Indiana University, North Carolina State University, University of Rhode Island, University of California, Berkeley, University of Iowa and the University of British Columbia.

About the Author:

Len Wood is President of Len Wood & Associates. He is a leading trainer and consultant to local government specializing in management development, team building, performance measurement and budget analysis. Len is the author of the Creating Successful Budgets seminar for appointed and elected public officials.

Prior to establishing his firm, Len spent over twenty three years in local government, fourteen of which were as City Manager in the Cities of Rancho Palos Verdes and Claremont, California. He has also served in administrative positions in the cities of Santa Ana, Burbank and Simi Valley, California. Len has also taught budgeting and management at the Graduate Center of Public Policy and Administration at California State University, Long Beach and Cal Poly University, Pomona.

Len is the author of three other local government books, the Commissioners Little Handbook, the Elected Officials Little Handbook and Local Government Dollars & Sense.

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