One of the most important responsibilities a local elected official has is oversight of the agency’s spending. The Institute has resources to help newly-elected officials, newly-hired staff, the media and members of the public better understand the administration of local agency budgeting and finance operations.
This plain language publication, available in English and Spanish, helps elected officials, the media and the public understand the basics of local agency financial planning and management, including what kinds of questions to ask to assure good practices are being followed.
Understanding the Basics of County and City Revenues provides a plain language explanation of where revenues to fund California county and city services come from. This resource is available in English and Spanish.