45th Annual Conference a Success

Over 100 people were in attendance for the 45th Annual Conference held at the beautiful Prescott Resort in Prescott, Arizona.

This year's conference sessions were rated very high among members. The GFOAz Education Committee did an excellent job providing members with a first class training experience.

The Education Committee put together a great selection of training sessions that everyone could appreciate. On behalf of the GFOAz Board, I wish to thank all our sponsors for their continued support, those who presented during the conference and all the members in attendance.
Motivational Quote
What's money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do. - Bob Dylan

Upcoming GFOAz Quarterly Training - May 15th, 2009
On May 15th GFOAz will host a Quarterly Training on the Federal Stimulus Plan. This training, called "Federal Stimulus Dollars: How to Maximize Your Benefit from the American Recovery Act," will be held at that the Peoria City Council Chambers. The schedule for the training is below. Registration information will be emailed to members soon. Read more

GFOA Advance Government Finance Institute Application Deadline Approaching

Each year since 1986, GFOA has conducted the Advanced Government Finance Institute, an intensive week-long program that provides GFOA members from across the United States and Canada an opportunity to enhance their leadership skills and focus on emerging trends within the public finance community.

Applications are due April 17, 2009. For more information, select this link.
A Break in the Levy
By Penelope Lemov

Reprinted with permission from the February 2009 issue of Governing magazine.

As state and local revenue sources go, the property tax always has been the steady one. Its cousins - the income and sales taxes - are more temperamental, rising triumphantly or falling tragically with the peaks and valleys of the economic cycle. When those latter two financial divas have stopped singing, because a local industry is in trouble or Wall Street is on a bear run, real estate properties have held their own, and the revenue based on that value has kept moving surely and quietly into local coffers. Read more

GFOAz Members on the Move

Do you have a recent promotion or transition that you would like to announce? This new section of the newsletter recognizes members who have recently been promoted or have recently transitioned. If you would like your name to be featured in this section of the newsletter, please contact Liisa Laikko at 602-258-5786 or email: llaikko@azleague.org.

GFOAz Welcomes New Members

Active Members
Rebecca Chitwood, Senior Accountant, City of Maricopa
Cindy Cox, MBA, Chief Deputy Treasurer, Mohave County
Rebecca Cretti, Finance Director, Town of Jerome
Jane Fuller, Admin Services Assistant, Town of Dewey-Humboldt
Timothy Grier, Town Manager, Town of Star Valley
Melissa Havatone, Treasurer, Mohave County
Anna Henthorn, Accounting Coordinator, City of Scottsdale
Debra Motta, Finance Specialist, Central Yavapai Fire District
Bencita Nelson, Accountant, Navajo County
Glenda Nugent, Accountant, Cochise County
Vickie Oliver, Chief Deputy Treasurer, Mohave County
Cris Parisot, Asset Manager, Navajo County
Gail Reese, Finance Director, Town of Buckeye
Mary Jane Springer, Deputy Finance Director, Navajo County
Robert Steele, Accountant II, City of Glendale
John Swanson, Purchasing Assistant, Navajo County
Jayson Vowell Sr., Accountant, City of Mesa
Julie L. Walker, Accountant, City of Williams
Angie White, Sr. Administrative Assistant, Town of Queen Creek
Steven Willis, Accountant, City of Tolleson
Stacey Young, Finance Director, Town of Gila Bend

Commercial Members
William Dobridge, CPA Director of Government Audits, Breecher & Company PC
Charles Goodmiller, Partner, Henry & Horne, LLP
Marilyn Mays, Manager, Henry & Horne, LLP
Xavier Ortega, Vice President, Well Fargo Bank, NA
Luisa Ott, Supervisor, Henry & Horne, LLP
Zachary Sakas, Attorney, Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP

GFOAz Board of Directors

James Menlove
Finance Director
Navajo County

Stacey Lemos
Immediate Past President
Finance Director
Town of Oro Valley

Scott Holt
Member At-Large
Director - Financial Services
Yuma County

Brian Wright
Member At-Large
Finance Director
City of Eloy
Vicki Rios
Revenue Manager
City of Peoria

Steven J. Baumgardt
Member At-Large
Finance Director
City of Tolleson

Roger Kolman
Member At-Large
Assistant City Manager
City of Maricopa

Mindy Russell
Education Committee Chair
Management Assistant
City of Peoria
May 15, 2009
Federal Stimulus Dollars: How to Maximize Your Benefit from the American Recovery Act
Quarterly Training
9:00 am - 3:15 pm
Peoria City Hall

June 28 - July 1, 2009
GFOA Annual Conference
Seattle, Washington

August 5-7, 2009
GFOAz Summer Training
Hilton El Conquistador
Oro Valley, Arizona

September 1-4, 2009
League of Arizona Cities and Towns Annual Conference
Hilton El Conquistador
Oro Valley, Arizona
City of Apache Junction

Arizona State Retirement System
General Ledger Supervisor

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