Category: Finance Department News

Food and Beverage Collections

Finance staff identified approximately 30 food and beverage retailers who were behind in their monthly food and beverage tax payments. Finance and Legal department staff, in cooperation with the Champaign Urbana Public Health District worked together to pursue payment. These efforts reduced the list to approximately six retailers with unpaid taxes. The retailers were informed…
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Change in Accounting Standards for Pensions

The Government Accounting Standards Board has issued new standards on pension finances. These standards must be followed for financial reports that use “generally accepted accounting principles” including the City’s year-end Comprehensive Annual Financial report, or CAFR. The standards affect both pension funds and “plan sponsors”, such as the City, who fund the pension costs. The…
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Build America Bond Payment Affected by the Federal Sequestration

As communicated to Council in late February, the Federal budget sequester was expected to impact the City’s revenues. The Budget Control Act of 2011 required the Federal administration to sequester FY13 discretionary funds. This included making across-the-board cuts of $1.2 trillion in savings over a ten year period beginning in 2013.  The City anticipated a…
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2012 Property Tax Levy Extension

The County has extended the City’s 2012 property tax levy of $19,955,632, which property owners will pay this year. Since the 2012 Equalized Assessed Valuation of taxable property in the City (EAV) came in slightly higher than projections, the 2012 tax rate of $1.3152 was lower than staff had projected but still slightly higher than…
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Champaign Police and Firefighters Pension Funds Compare Favorably to Others

The results of actuarial valuations for all Downstate Police and Firefighters Pension Funds were released by the Public Pension Division of the Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI), who regulate the Downstate funds. While Champaign’s funds are not fully funded, their funding levels are well above the average of other Downstate pension funds as shown below….
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Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

The City has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for the 23rd year. This award demonstrates that the City’s adopted budget document is of the very highest quality, reflecting the guidelines and best practices established by GFOA and the National Advisory Council on State and Local Budgeting. The…
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Multi-family Recycling Invoices Issued

When Council adopted the Multi-family Recycling Program in 2010, the billing was initially accomplished with internal applications written on desktop software. That was not an efficient method of billing and it didn’t provide optimal information for tracking payments and responding to customer inquiries. While Public Works manages the recycling program, the Finance Department has the…
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