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The Nominating Committee met on March 16, 2017 to review nominations submitted for the 2017 election of FGFOA Officers and Directors.  The Committee is pleased to set forth its recommendations for the 2017-2018 Slate of Candidates as follows:

•  Ken Burke, CPA, Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller, Pinellas County

The candidate elected to this position will serve as President-elect, 2018-2019 and as President, 2019-2020

Director (five available positions).  Four seats will be for three-year terms and one for a one-year term.

•  Frank DiPaolo, CPA, CGMA, Finance Director, City of Lighthouse Point
•  Cindy Emshoff, Finance Manager, Sarasota Office of Housing & Community Development
•  Nicole Gasparri, CGFO, Organizational Program Manager, City of Boca Raton
•  Michael J. Gomez, CPA, Audit Manager, Florida Auditor General-Tallahassee
•  Jonathan McKinney, CGFO, FRA-RP, Director of Finance/Assistant City Manager, City of Edgewater
•  Jamie Roberson, CGFO, Chief Financial Officer, Osceola County Property Appraiser

This is the proposed slate of candidates for 2017-2018; however, the ballot will not be finalized until April 6, 2017. Eligible members who do not appear on the above slate of candidates and submitted a complete application to the Nominating Committee may file a petition for placement on the ballot for the position they applied for.

All petitioned nominations must meet the minimum criteria stated in the FGFOA Policies and Procedures as revised October 26, 2016 which is available on the website. The nomination and election procedures, which include the criteria for candidate eligibility and the requirements to petition for candidacy, are available by contacting the FGFOA Administrative office, Jeannie Garner (850) 222-9684.  
All petitions for candidacy must be received (not postmarked) by the FGFOA office no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 6, 2017. The appropriate paperwork can be faxed to (850) 222-3806, emailed to jgarner@flcities.com  or mailed to the FGFOA office at 301 S. Bronough Street, Suite 300, Tallahassee, FL  32301.  Upon receipt you will receive a confirmation from the FGFOA. 

Ballots will be available on April 13, 2017 to all Active Members of the Association. Membership must have been active for the 2016-2017 year in order to be eligible to vote.  Please make sure your dues are paid to ensure you receive election notices.


Annual 2017 FGFOA Annual Conference Registration Now Open!

Register Online Today!!
“Focus On The Future” 
June 25-28, 2017

Pre-Conference Seminars Saturday, June 24, 2017

Diplomat Beach Resort HollywoodThe FGFOA Board of Directors, Conference Host Committee and the Conference Program Committee are pleased to announce the 2017 FGFOA Annual Conference registration is now open!  The theme, “Focus On the Future”. The success of our association is due to the members who volunteer their time to offer Leadership, Education, Networking and Information. The 2017 Host Committee has planned several networking opportunities that will make your conference memorable.  You will have an opportunity to exchange new ideas and benefit from the various networking opportunities.

Take advantage of the opportunity to receive over 20 hours of CPE as well as the required four hours Governmental Ethics Course is available.  In addition, a choice of two Pre-Conference Seminars on Saturday, June 24, 2017: One on Investments which will satisfy the required eight hours of investment training and another on Leadership for eight hours of BEH.

Click Here for full details in the Conference Announcement 

Conference Announcement 
Online Registration is fast and easy

1).  Log-on.  Your LOG-ON NAME is typically your email address then enter your password. If you do not know your password, click on “Forgot my password”. 
2).  Select Register Myself 
3).  Click “Add” to select courses for each day
4).  Proceed to Checkout            

Special Note: 
Please make sure that your FGFOA membership dues have been paid for the 16-17 year prior to registering to ensure you receive the correct member registration fee.  
To make your FGFOA Membership Dues Payment Click Here 

Beginner Boot Camp
There will be a Beginner Boot Camp offered on Saturday and Sunday, June 24 – 25, 2017 at the hotel.  Registration information for the Beginner Boot Camp will follow soon.  Be on the lookout for an email announcing registration is open and remember, Beginner Boot Camp typically sells out very quickly so please do not hesitate to register.     

Exhibitor Registration

For Exhibitor registration please contact Karen Pastula 
Now Accepting Applications for 2017-2018 FGFOA Committees

A message from Linda Howard, President-elect: 

It is now time to sign up for the 2017-2018 committees, and we need you! 

Committees are the lifeline of the FGFOA. A brief description of each committee is on the website.  I am confident that one of the committees will mesh with your passion, interest, and/or expertise.  Some of the committees do take a little more time than the others, but most of the hard work can be done right where you are. 

Meetings are mostly held via telephone to limit travel expenses and just to be more efficient.  As your President-Elect, I look forward to working with you next year.

Complete your application today online at 2017-2018 FGFOA Committee Member Application

For a list and description of our committees please click here.


The House Ways & Means Committee introduced the following committee bills at the meeting on Thursday March 8, 2017.

Local Government Fiscal Responsibility – HB 7063 (House Ways & Means Committee) Staff Analysis

Local Government Fiscal Transparency- HB 7065 (House Ways & Means Committee) Staff Analysis

Brief Summary of the Bills:


Local Government Fiscal Responsibility – HB 7063 (House Ways & Means Committee)

  • Local governments, except schools, cannot adopt millage over the rolled-back rate unless they spend down “excess unencumbered fund balances” in special revenue funds below 10% for that fiscal year. In effect, this prohibits property tax increases unless excess fund balances are spent down.
  • Prohibits cities and counties (exempts schools) from enacting, extending or increasing local option taxes other than property taxes, if they had adopted a millage rate in excess of the rolled-back rate (with certain specified exceptions) in any of the three previous years.
  • Requires any local option or property tax (including special districts) that currently require voter approval to be on a state general election ballot with a 60% threshold for passage.
    • For example- CST, local business tax, local option surtaxes, TDT, public service tax, gas taxes.
  • Requires that a school capital outlay resolution must be approved by a 4/5 vote of the school board to place the question on the ballot for voter approval.
  • Requires voter approval for any new tax-supported debt (beyond 5 years) and must be on a state general election ballot with a 60% threshold for passage.
    • This does not apply to debt that is secured solely by the revenues generated by the project that is financed with the debt.
    • An exception is allowed in the case of an emergency as defined by ch. 252 -Emergency Management. The governing board, by a 4/5 vote, can authorize a vote at an election other than the general election, while still requiring 60% voter approval and the proceeds only being used for a purpose directly related said emergency.
  • Effective October 1, 2018


Local Government Fiscal Transparency- HB 7065 (House Ways & Means Committee)
  • Requires additional public meetings and public notice requirements for local option tax increases, other than property taxes, and new, long-term tax-supported debt.
  • Requires additional information on website such as voting records for tax increases and issuance of tax-supported debt, history of millage rates and levies, etc.
  • Requires local governments to conduct and consider debt affordability analysis prior to approving new, long-term tax-supported debt that includes calculating a debt affordability ratio.
    • The debt affordability ratio is the annual debt service for outstanding tax-supported debt divided by total annual revenues available to pay debt service on outstanding debt.
  • Requires auditor to report whether the local government is complying these new provisions and sets a timeline for response/corrective action to the Auditor General.
  • Effective July 1, 2017 
FGFOA Exhibitor Registration Open

Florida Government Finance Officers Association (FGFOA) invites you to join us for the 2017 Annual Conference June 24-28, 2017 at The Diplomat Beach Resort, Hollywood, Florida.  (Exhibit Hall dates June 25-26, 2017)

This year we are proud to offer “Premium Booth Space”. Standard booth fee is $1,650 and Premium booths are $1,950. 

We have improved the registration process by offering online real time booth selection. To select your booth, you will need a unique login ID and password, which is located in this message below.  Once you register, you will be able to view other booths already selected and choose your location.   

Important: The system will allow access on a first come, first serve basis.  Once your booth is selected, you will not be able to log back into the system to change booth location.

Please contact Karen Pastula for information on being an exhibitor. 

2017 FGFOA Lifetime Achievement Award

The FGFOA is soliciting nominations for the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award. This award, sponsored by the Florida Government Finance Officers Association, will recognize and honor a Finance Officer who has made a lasting and worthwhile contribution to the citizens of Florida through their efforts and dedication in the performance of their duties on a local level, and who has served the FGFOA in its efforts to enhance the profession.

The deadline to submit is April 28, 2017

The FGFOA is proud to present the ACE (Advance Commitment to Excellence) Award!

The FGFOA Board of Directors understands the importance of innovation in government.  There are many examples across our membership of outstanding work that is being done on a daily basis. In an effort to share these stories, celebrate successes and learn from each other, the FGFOA is proud to present the 3rd annual ACE Awards.  

The project should have been implemented in the last eighteen months.  All current FGFOA member agencies are eligible to apply. 

Winners will be announced during the Tuesday Business Luncheon on June 27, 2017 at the Diplomat Resort & Spa, Hollywood, FL.

Please submit your application by the deadline of March 31, 2017.

Application Link 

Congratulations to the 2017 Leadership FGFOA Class

We are pleased to announce the 2017 Leadership FGFOA Class.  Leadership is a program offered by the FGFOA to support and enhance the capabilities of Florida government finance officers.  The theme of the program will focus on You, Your team, Your organization, and Your interaction with the broader governmental environment.  The program is an all-inclusive week that will be held will be April 3-7, 2017 in Orlando. 

Below is the list of those chosen to attend this year’s class.

2017 Leadership FGFOA Class:

Amal Ali, Accountant II, Hillsborough County CCC
Brett Allmond
, Accounting Manager, Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller
Helena Alves, Chief Accountant, City of Palm Coast
Linda Benoit, Budget Manager, Pinellas County Office of Management & Budget
Ryan Bernal, Financial Analyst II, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office
Jacqualine Cook, Assistant Finance Supervisor, Brevard County Clerk of Courts
Lynn Dela Torre, Accounting Manager, Juvenile Welfare Board
Jennifer Desrosiers, Utilities Business Manager, City of North Port
Marcella Eubanks, Contracts & Grants Manager, Okaloosa County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller
Yeimy Guzman, Controller, City of Dania Beach
Lori Hill, Treasurer, City of Holmes Beach
Robyn Lawrence, Assistant Budget Officer, City of Jacksonville
Jennifer Linoras, Senior Accountant, Village Center CDD
Andre McAden, Chief Accounting Officer, City of Delray Beach
Cheryl Miller, Finance Manager, City of Palmetto
Tameka Otto Stewart, Budget Officer, City of Miami Beach
Daniel Risola, Assistant Budget Director, Pasco County Board of County Commissioners
Meridy Semones, OMB Manager, City of Largo
Jeanette Haynes, Accountant, City of West Palm Beach
Shannon Lafon, Budget Manager, Sarasota County


CGFO spring exams will be offered on Friday, March 31, 2017 
You can register for the exams online by clicking here

2017 Spring Exam Sites are below:

Miami Parking Authority
40 NW 3rd St Suite 1103
Miami, FL  33128

Santa Rosa Administration Building
6495 Caroline Street, Suite H
Milton, FL 32570

Orlando – FLC University
135 East Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL  32801

Palm Coast City Hall
Community Wing
160 Lake Avenue
Palm Coast, FL 32164

Leon County Annex Suite 751 (Bank of America Bldg)
315 S Calhoun Street
Tallahassee, FL  32301

City of Tampa
Columbus Municipal Office Building (CMOB)
3402 W Columbus Dr. 
Tampa, FL 33607

West Palm Beach Airport Center – Training Room
100 Australian Avenue
West Palm Beach, FL  33406   

Future Beginner Boot Camps

The FGFOA is offering an exciting, intense, hands-on, two-day workshop for beginners that will introduce the very basics of accounting and financial reporting for state and local governments. The intricacies of fund accounting will be reviewed, including the various bases of accounting used to record governmental transactions. In addition, accountability through budgetary methodologies and control mechanisms will be covered as well as budgetary accounting concepts. The Beginner Boot Camp has been held at the School of Governmental Finance for the past five years and has sold out each time. Space is limited so sign up as soon as possible.

Registration for future boot camps will open closer to the date of the seminar.
You MUST be a member of the FGFOA to attend Boot Camp

2017 Beginner Boot Camp - March 15 - 16, 2017. Embassy Suites Orlando North, Altamonte Springs SOLD OUT.  
Please contact Karen Pastula to be placed on a waiting list

2017 Summer Beginner Boot Camp - TBD

2017 Fall Beginner Boot Camp - October 23-24, 2017. Omni Jacksonville - Registration opens in August

Registration fees are:
Active members $340 
Associate members $415 


GFOA Scholarship Information 

The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) will administer four scholarship programs that are available for award in the Spring of 2017. 

All of these programs are intended to benefit students planning to pursue careers in state and local government finance.  The submission deadline for applications for the 2017 awards is February 10, 2017.  Following are brief descriptions of each of the scholarships:

The Daniel B. Goldberg Scholarship of $14,000 is for graduate students in public finance who are enrolled in a full-time master’s program.  Funded by the Girard Miller Foundation.

The Frank L. Greathouse Governmental Accounting Scholarship of $9,000 (each award) is available for award to two undergraduate or graduate students enrolled full time in an accounting program (an undergraduate student must be in the process of completing at least their junior year by the time of the scholarship award).

The Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship of $9,000 is for upper-division undergraduate or graduate students of public administration, accounting, finance, political science, economics or business administration (with a special focus on government or nonprofit management).  To be eligible for this award students must belong to one of the following groups (as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau): Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, or Asian. Funded by Tyler Technologies.


The Government Finance Professional Development Scholarship of $9,000 (each award) is available for four employees of a state or local government enrolled in part-time graduate study preparing for a career in state and local government finance.

Information on the 2017 scholarships has been mailed to higher education institutions throughout Canada and the United States.  For your information I have enclosed the informational flyer that was sent for each of the four programs.  Also, enclosed are the applications for each of the four programs.

Applications for all four programs are available in the “Student Opportunities” section of our website, www.gfoa.org.  Be sure to scroll down to the section for “GFOA Scholarships.” 

FGFOA membership year runs from 7/1/2016 through 6/30/2017

Please remember to make your annual membership dues payment, you must be a paid member to attend our FREE webinars
Click here to make an online dues payment 
FGFOA is proud to offer FREE Webinars to all current FGFOA members

Registration information is sent to all members via email approximately two weeks prior to each webinar. 2016-2017 Webinar Schedule
Please remember to keep your FGFOA membership current to be eligible for the FREE Webinars.