Fiscally Ready Communities: Financial Best Practices Webinar

Budgeting for Fiscal Sustainability

MSU Extension and the Michigan Department of Treasury will cover the fundamentals of budgeting during uncertain economic times, tracking long-term fiscal health, and operational best practices. 

Michigan communities have experienced fiscal instability for a number of reasons, including the economic downturn resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. This webinar will provide best practices for local government fiscal health, including budgeting, long-term planning, dealing with uncertainty, and financial policies and procedures.

Who should attend:

Elected and appointed officials in local government, administrators, and staff. 

What will be covered:

  • The budget process and communicating your budget
  • Dealing with uncertainty in a changing economy
  • Understanding key financial variables, such as:
    • The “rainy day fund”/fund balance/net position
    • Understanding how the tax base provides revenue
    • Understanding volatile revenue
    • Forecasting revenue and expenditures
  • How to track your budget performance, including reviewing and amending your budget
  • How spending in the present will have an impact on the future.   

 What resources will be provided?

  • Detailed guides that outline strong policies and procedures each local government should have. These guides include a checklist to track what your local government already has, what you are working on, and next steps. 

Cost: Free


  • October 27, 2-3:30 p.m. EST
  • November 19, 2-3:30 p.m. EST
  • December 3, 9-10:30 p.m. EST
*Each webinar will have the same content. Please select the time and date that works best for you. Each session will be limited to 50 participants; if necessary, additional dates and times will be added.

Registration for Fiscally Ready Communities: Budgeting for Fiscal Sustainability is open.

Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on December 2, 2020.

There are no openings available.


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For questions about the program, please contact Eric Walcott at 517-353-9106 or