Building a Better Budget Document
By Tim Duhamel
Transparent communication is the goal of a quality budget document. Learn how to transform financial information into a meaningful narrative for council and the public!
- Best practices for budget communication (administration, Council, and the public)
- Linking the budget document to the strategic plan and other leading documents
- Budget document structure – key components: introduction, overview, financials, opportunities and risks
- Process for building a budget document – narrative process and timelines
- Linking the budget document to PowerPoint presentations for Council
- Media Releases – developing factual and positive messages for the public is essential for the introduction, review, and eventual approval of the budget
PD Credits: 1.5
Updated: Nov 18, 2020
About the Author
Tim Duhamel is the founder and President of Bloom Centre of
He is a municipal veteran whose career has spanned over 21 years.
His passion is creating educational material and conducting lectures for municipal professionals. He has lectured as far away as Kiev, Ukraine for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
About the Author
Stephanie Porter is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and
external auditor with Metrix Group LLP.
She has a passion for education and is a course developer and instructor for the University of Alberta in addition to her work at Bloom.
She is the lead Associate of curriculum development and instruction for Bloom’s reporting and audit stream.
The budget is the most important and challenging process municipalities face each year. Having a well organized document supports effective communication and budget presentations. Learn best practices for budget communication, how to link the budget document to the strategic plan, and about budget document structure and key components.
Learn the narrative process and timelines for building a budget document, how to link the budget document to PowerPoint presentations for Council, and how developing factual and positive messages through media releases for the public is essential for the introduction, review, and eventual approval of the budget.
Learn best practices for budget communication (administration, Council, and the public)
How focusing on priorities and strategic goals helps link Council’s vision for the community to financial resources
Learn about budget document structure and key components
How to plan for a budget narrative process, get the writing done, and get budget information from departments in an organized manner
Learn how to link PowerPoint presentations to the budget document for your reference
Learn how to write an effective media release to convey your municipality’s budget message
Who Should Attend?
A unique professional development experience that has benefit for all municipal staff, including small, medium and large municipalities!
The webinar focus is on the professional development needs of any municipal financial professional and senior executive.
BLOOM can customize courses for your needs.
Some topics include:
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