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A Budgeting Guide for Local Government (Municipal Management Series) 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0873267137
ISBN-10: 0873267133
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Product Details

  • Series: Municipal Management Series
  • Paperback: 199 pages
  • Publisher: Intl City County Management Assn; 2 edition (April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873267133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873267137
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.8 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #745,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Fred Coulter on October 25, 2013
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This is the second edition of Bland's Budgeting Guide for Local Government. (There's now a third edition available from the ICMA. Unfortunately, being new there are no used copies available. If you can get a friend who's a member of the ICMA order it for you, you'll save some money.)

I've been working in the budgeting office of a local government for eight years. (Before that, finance, auditing, and private accounting.) I bought the book as part of my attempt to refocus on budgeting in general rather than how we do things at my job. Additionally, I'm considering entering a Ph.D. program in Public Affairs in the fall,. As such, I'm going throught the Public Budgeting Theory syllabus, part of the Foundations of Public Administration series of readings on the Public Administration Review and American Society of Public Adminstrator's web site.

The book does a good job of setting the stage and explaining the budget cycle in english. It's not too dry or pedantic. My issues with the book only come when the author moves away from budgeting and discusses Accounting and Financial Reporting (chapter 5 of 7). In this chapter, he makes a couple of statements that are incorrect. While the fields of budgeting and financial reporting have a lot in common, they are not the same.

First, he defines depreciation as the decrease in the value of fixed assets. While this may be true for non-accountants, there is a technical definition to depreciation which is not the same. Depreciation, to an accountant, has nothing to do with the value of the asset. Depreciation, to an accountant, is an allocation of the cost of an asset across the life of an asset.
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This book is good if you are into financing and budgeting. I learned some very thorough information about government funding and budgeting by reading this book. Very detailed and very accurate information.
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Basically, it provides essential information about local government and budgeting. Easy to read and comprehend. The book is a valuable resource as far as I'm concern.
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The book is easy to follow and has great examples! I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn everything about budgeting.
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This was a mandatory book purchase for an MPA class but well worth the money! Easy to understand, takes you step by step through process, must read for anyone working in state or local government.
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