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  • Posted in: General GFOA Forum

    These are great examples and would have saved me a ton of time earlier in my career. The GFOA example spreadsheet would have nearly been plug and play for me. So many staff and people in leadership do not understand these allocation requirements, or ...

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    RE: fee recovery

    Posted in: General GFOA Forum

    Joel, We do the same as Rebecca noted in Manitou Springs. We are a city of about 15,000, and I attached our fee schedule for reference to the escrows we have (starting at the bottom of page 4). ------------------------------ Sarah Rathlisberger CPFO ...

  • Posted in: General GFOA Forum

    One way to avoid constructive receipt is to change the way you look at cashing out (buy back). If you have maximum hours that an employee can have for PTO, you can buy back any hours over that maximum every quarter or year. The employee is paid and there ...

  • Posted in: General GFOA Forum

    We use Arbitrage Compliance Specialists. They are very good and their cost for services is reasonable. Website: http://www.RebateByACS.com Phone: 303-867-7544 Phone (Toll Free): 800-672-9993 ext. 7544 ------------------------------ Michelle ...

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    RE: fee recovery

    Posted in: General GFOA Forum

    Yes, the City's planning department takes deposits from applicants to pay for the outside consultants' cost. The deposits are debited to an Accounts Payable account line and the Planning Department is required to keep track of the deposits and their ...

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