Accounting & Payroll (4-part series)

Presented at an introductory level, this is a great class for those with limited experience in governmental accounting, or as a refresher for more experienced officials. 

In Parts 1 & 2 we'll cover basic accounting methods and includes discussion on common township credits, debits, assets and liabilities. An explanation of accounting methods for various township funds will follow. Delve into the Uniform Chart of Accounts and options for organizing it, as well as new activity. The general ledger and bookkeeping functions of the clerk and treasurer will also be addressed, along with efficient procedures for issuing checks and reconciling balances. 

In Parts 3 & 4, review the information and forms required to prepare for an audit and complete required State of Michigan financial reports. An explanation of payroll record- keeping will be presented, including issues unique to municipalities, such as how to calculate Social Security and Medicare taxes, and how to prepare state and federal report forms. 

David Williamson


David Williamson is a CPA, and recently retired from his firm of 37 years, PSLZ LLP, in Plymouth and Bloomfield Hills Michigan. During Dave's career in public accounting he spent 40 years auditing municipalities including townships, cities, villages, district courts, and district libraries.  The townships audited under Dave's supervision included larger urban townships, and small bi-annual townships.

Dave has written the “Financial Forum” column in the Michigan Township News magazine since 1997, and he has been helping the MTA with workshops, since 1993. He is a 1978 graduate of the University of Michigan and has been in public accounting since he began his career in 1979.

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