Free Resources for Government Officials and Staff
Find answers to common questions and learn new skills through a variety of free resources developed by Institute of Government experts.
Videos and Tutorials
66-minute tutorial: Details the duties and responsibilities of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and provides detailed reporting and survey responsibilities, requirements, and mandates for local governments
81-minute tutorial: Provides a history of the Title Ad Valorem Tax (TAVT), including who is eligible to receive the tax, what is taxable under the law, and how the tax is calculated. Details the distribution of the TAVT, its impact, and how to calculate administrative fees
78-minute tutorial: Provides detailed information on the reporting requirements under Georgia immigration laws, including comprehensive instructions for reporting to the Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts
65-minute tutorial: Gives detailed information on implementing, collecting, and reporting hotel motel tax collections. Defines key terms important for compliance with state laws, and provides guidance on eligible expenditures
7-minute video: The Institute's local government specialists explain the basics of full governmental consolidation, the process involved in consolidating, and some of the pros and cons of becoming a consolidated government.
Financial Management Tutorials
7-minute tutorial: Explains the differences between debits and credits and how to apply them in governmental accounting
6-minute tutorial: Gives an overview of millage rates and how to calculate them to generate a jurisdiction's needed property tax revenues
4-minute tutorial: Describes the requirements for fund balance reporting contained in the Governmental Accounting Standards Board's Statement No. 54
16-minute tutorial: Demonstrates the basic steps of creating a PivotTable in Microsoft Excel 2007 and using it to arrange and summarize data and drill down on details without the use of formulas
Updated annually, Compliance Auditing is designed to help guide those responsible for conducting local government audits.
Download chapters from this guide for city officials on topics ranging from human resource management to historic preservation.