Fiscal Health: The Basics of Municipal Finance


  • How municipal finance is supported and constrained in the context of a federal system, like the one in the United States
  • Different types of municipal own-source revenues and their limitations
  • The basic components of a municipal budget
  • The difference between an operating budget and capital budget 


This course will introduce you to general aspects of how municipalities raise money, spend money, and develop budgets to meet the infrastructure and operations needs of the community. Through interactive exercises and an extended example of municipal planning in action, you will gain an awareness for the considerations that municipalities make when assessing the funding of projects like the ones you as a planner develop.      

TIP: This course is interactive in nature. Be prepared to click on buttons and icons to reveal additional information. You will also answer “Knowledge Check” questions to help you engage fully in your learning.

This course is presented in partnership with