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Free Online Resources for Government Officials & Staff

Find answers to common questions and learn new skills through a variety of free online resources developed by Institute of Government experts.

Videos and Tutorials

 

Consoliation VideoWhat You Need to Know about City-County Consolidation
6:59-minute video: We explain the basics of full governmental consolidation, the process involved in consolidating, and some of the pros and cons of becoming a consolidated government.


Understanding Georgia Service Delivery Strategy AgreementsUnderstanding Georgia Service Delivery Strategy Agreements

23-minute tutorial: This tutorial enables you to recognize the significance of SDS agreements, understand the history of SDS agreements and how they are made, and identify the requirements of SDS agreements.


DOAS presentationGeorgia Department of Administrative Services: How They Assist Local Governments
77-minute tutorial: During this session, representatives of the department discussed purchasing cards, surplus property, training, and procurement resources.


2016 DCA Update on Report of Local Government Finances2016 DCA Update on Report of Local Government Finance

46-minute tutorial: Review the process of the recent update to the Report of Local
Government Finance and the significant reporting change


Department of Community Affairs Reporting and SurveysDepartment of Community Affairs Reporting and Surveys

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


TAVT: Title Ad Valorem Tax 101TAVT: Title Ad Valorem Tax 101

81-minute tutorial: Provides information 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


Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act-Reporting RequirementsIllegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act - Reporting Requirements

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


state finance videosState Financial Video Tutorials

View video tutorials related to Microsoft Excel and Posting the Appropriations Act.

 
Setting the Millage Rate tutorialSetting the Millage Rate Tutorial

This six minute tutorial explains how the millage rate is calculated.

 
 

Publications

Compliance Auditing in Georgia Counties and MunicipalitiesCompliance Auditing in Georgia Counties and Municipalities

Updated annually, Compliance Auditing is designed to help guide those responsible for conducting local government audits.


Handbook for Georgia Mayors and Councilmembers
Select Chapters from Handbook for Georgia Mayors and Councilmembers

Download chapters from this guide for city officials on topics ranging from human resource management to historic preservation.

 

Reports & Other Free Online Resources


2013 School Board Governance Symposium
2013 School Board Governance Symposium: Improving Schools through Board Governance

Boards face a variety of governance challenges from school personnel management to policy leadership and much more. There is an established need for a greater understanding of the reasons for breakdowns in school board governance and how to avoid the causes in the future.

 

Local Governments & School Systems Local Governments and School Systems: Partnering for Better Communities 

The Institute of Government, in collaboration with the Archway Partnership and UGA's School of Public and International Affairs, embarked on a study in 2014 to explore the potential for collaboration among Georgia school systems and local governments.


Planning & Environmental ServicesPlanning & Environmental Services - Downtown Development Reports
These include Downtown Renaissance Program reports and more!


Planning & Environmental ServicesPlanning & Environmental Services - Master Planning & Visioning Reports

These include Master Plan reports, Strategic Vision and Planning reports,

 

Going Solar in GeorgiaGoing Solar in Georgia: Opportunities for Local Governments

This 19-page overview assesses ways local governments can integrate solar in their energy-use matrix, reviews the benefits and possible drawbacks of solar generating systems, and examines financing options that are available to local governments. 


NewsworthyNewsworthy 

Newsworthy is our quarterly electronic newsletter. It is intended to provide you with a view of our current public service and outreach activities, along with special initiatives and partnerships.


Annual ReportAnnual Report

State and local officials can become better acquainted with the wide range of services we offer through the annual reports that are prepared for each calendar year.

Project Reports

Georgia Civic Health IndexGeorgia Civic Health Index
June 2013

 

Evolving Role of Defined Contribuition Plans in the Public SectorThe Evolving Role of Defined Contribution Plans in the Public Sector
September 2012

 

SAM Shortline Excursion Train Fiscal AnalysisSAM Shortline Excursion Train Fiscal Analysis
August 2012

National Center for the Study of Counties Studies and Reports

National Survey2012 National Survey of County Elected Officials: Opinions from the Front Lines of Local Government
July 2012