Top 10 Primer: Financial Responsibility of Local Elected Officials Webinar

Adoption of the county or municipal budget is one of the most important responsibilities of an elected board.   Understanding the local government budget development process can be challenging, especially for officials in their first terms of office.   

Registration for this webinar has closed.  If you are interested in attending please contact Susan Jensen at


This webinar, led by faculty members Greg Allison and Bill Rivenbark, will help elected officials learn the “Top Ten” most important factors to know and understand as you enter the fiscal year budget development season, including understanding your roles and responsibilities related to the arena of local government finance.

  • The statutory framework of the Local Government Fiscal Control Act;
  • The budget development timeline;
  • The role of the Local Government Commission;
  • The basic purposes and parameters of Fund Balance;
  • The annual financial statement and the annual audit

Bill Rivenbark is Professor of Public Administration and Director of the UNC School of Government’s MPA Program.  His research at the School of Government is related to performance and financial management in local government and has appeared in Public Administration ReviewGovernment Finance ReviewJournal of Government Financial ManagementJournal of Public Affairs EducationJournal of Public BudgetingAccounting & Financial ManagementPopular GovernmentPublic Administration QuarterlyPublic Finance ReviewPublic Performance & Management Review, and State and Local Government Review. He also is coauthor of Performance Budgeting for State and Local Government (M.E. Sharpe, 2003). He helped to develop the County and Municipal Fiscal Analysis tool, a web-based dashboard designed to help North Carolina local governments analyze their fiscal condition. 

Greg Allison is a teaching professor at the School of Government, where he lectures and provides technical support in the field of governmental accounting and financial reporting. He was previously an assistant director with the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada in Chicago, Illinois; former finance director for the City of Morganton, North Carolina; and an auditor with the international accounting firm Deloitte and Touche. He is also co-author of the 8th and 9th Revised and 10th editions of Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting, published by Prentice Hall.


The North Carolina Association of County Commissioners provides cost offsets for county elected officials to attend LELA courses. For information on this discount click here.

The North Carolina Association of County Commissioners provides cost offsets for county elected officials to attend LELA courses. For information on this discount please click the link below.

CEU1.25 hrs
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Susan Jensen

Program Manager, Management, Administration, and Leadership Group
Manager of Elected Official Programming, Center for Public Leadership and Governance
Professor of Public Administration and Government
Albert and Gladys Hall Coates Distinguished Term Teaching Professor; Secretary, School of Government Foundation Board of Directors