2009 Summer GFOAz Training Highlights
The GFOAz Education Committee met in March to start a planning this year's Summer Training. The Training will offer session on a wide range of interesting and informative topics. Plan on attending this valuable training event! Read more
Motivational Quote
Success does not consist in never making blunders, but in never making the same one a second time. --Josh Billings

Fall GFOAz Training: Annual Budget Forum

The 2009 GFOAz Annual Budget Forum will take place on October 16, 2009. Be sure to save the date for this informative annual event.
Municipally Imposed Tax and Expenditure Limits
By Leah Brooks and Justin Phillips

Reprinted with permission from the April 2009 issue of Land lines Magazine (www.lincolninst.edu)

For many years, researchers have puzzled over the causes and consequences of voter-approved tax and expenditure limits (TELs), a fiscal rule that weakens the ability of elected officials to raise revenues or make expenditures. While TELs vary widely in form and restrictiveness, they typically aim to restrain government spending and maintain a low tax burden. Advocates argue that, absent such a structural constraint, government officials cannot be trusted to curb the growth of the public sector. Opponents argue that in the long run TELs are bad public policy. Read more
Member Profile: Mindy Russell
GFOAz Education Committee Chair

Management Assistant
City of Peoria Management and Budget Department

Where are you originally from?
I'm originally from St. Louis, Missouri, but have lived in the Valley since I was three years old. That practically makes me a native!

Why did you decide to pursue a career in local government?
After being a stay-at-home mom for 15 years, I decided to re-enter the workforce. I was a "Kelly Girl" for about a year, and one of my assignments was with the City of Peoria. I enjoyed the people and the different kinds of work I did in Peoria, so I applied for a permanent position. The rest, as they say, is history! I've been with Peoria for 17 years. 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
Marie Nemerguth, City of Tucson, Budget and Internal Audit Program Director
Justin Hess, Town of Quartzsite, Grants Administrator
Roy Cuaron, City of Tucson, Transportation Finance Administrator
Marta Moerch, City of St. Johns, Finance Director/City Clerk
Sheryl Jeremiah, City of Peoria, Management Analyst
Timothy Grier, Town of Star Valley, Town Manager

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
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

October 16, 2009
GFOAz Annual Budget Forum
Location TBD
Pinal County
Senior Budget and Research Analyst

Town of Dewey-Humboldt
Finance Director

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