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Financial Tools

Tool Name
Description Locations
Financial Management Handbook for Small Community Water Systems (developed by the Midwest Assistance Program)

A handbook that describes the financial responsibilities of water systems, including budgeting, audits, and managing investments

Financial Management Handbook for Small Community Water Systems pdf file

Financial Management Manual

Describes TABOR requirements for funding recipients

Office of the State Auditor
Running Your System Like a Good Business

Article on proper planning and budgeting for small town systems

Running Your System Like a Good Business pdf file

 

Tool Name
Description Locations
Cash Flow Template

CDPHE 20-year Cash Flow Spreadsheet provided in the Drinking Water Revolving Fund TMF Capacity Handbook

Attachment 2 in the DWRF application TMF Capacity Assessment

Developing Rates for Small Systems, M54

A manual that describes how to develop a cash flow analysis

Can be purchased at: http://www.awwa.org/bookstore/
(search for the document title)
Cash Flow Analysis Template

Template in Microsoft Excel for developing a cash flow analysis based on the manual described in the row above

Updated 10-yr Financial Plan excel spreadsheet  
 
Financial Planning User Guide 2009 A user guide to the excel-based 10-year financial planning tool provided through the TMF program TMF Assistance - Financial Planning User Guide - 2009 pdf file
Multi-Year Financial Planning A presentation detailing the purpose of multi-year financial planning, forecast components, planning targets and reserves, and revenue adjustments TMF - Multi-Year Financial Planning pdf file
Financial Management Handbook for Small Systems Handbook specifically for small systems to aid in managing financial responsibilities, accounting, budgeting, investing, etc. Financial Management Handbook for Small Community Water Systems pdf file

 

Tool Name
Description Locations
ShowMe Ratemaker

Software developed by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources for water systems to implement a cost of service study

National Envrironmental Services Center

 

Tool Name
Description Locations
Financial Management Manual

Describes accepted accounting standards and practices

Office of the State Auditor

Financial Management Handbook for Small Community Water Systems (developed by the Midwest Assistance Program) A handbook that describes the purpose of an audit, tips for securing auditing services, and auditing requirements for community water systems that are recipients of federal grant or loan funds Financial Management Handbook for Small Community Water Systems pdf file

 

Tool Name
Description Locations
Available Financial Assistance

List of potential sources of funds available to local governments and other community organizations in Colorado to make needed improvements to water and wastewater systems

 correct link?

http://www.dola.state.co.us/­lg/ta/utility/docs/­available_financial_assistance_09.pdf

Funding Web

An illustration of available funds to help clarify what types of systems are eligible for different sources of funding

Funding Web Diagram word document
50 Tips on How to Write Grant Proposals Guidance document to aid in writing successful grant proposals 50 tips on How to Write Grant Proposals pdf file

 

Tool Name
Description Locations
Proper Rates Are Critical for Financial Health

On Tap article on water system rates

Proper Rates are Critical for Financial Health pdf file

Developing Rates for Small Systems, M54

A manual that describes how to develop tools (e.g., a cash flow analysis) to determine the adequacy of water rates

Can be purchased at: http://www.awwa.org/Bookstore/
(search for the document title)
Rate Increases: Dealing with the Public

Article on mitigating negative publicity and gaining public support when dealing with rate increases

Rate Increases: Dealing with Public pdf file

 

Tool Name
Description Locations
Reserve Targets

Common targets for different types of water system reserve accounts

Types of Reserves powerpoint presentation

Stockton, CA Reserve Policy

Example of a reserve policy from the City of Stockton, CA

Stockton, CA Reserve Policy pdf file