Most of us are celebrating the close of one financial year and the start of a new one. Those of us in finance are trying to prepare both mentally and practically for audit season. It is an exciting time in local government!

newyearnewyouBudgets are (hopefully!) final and approved, our accounts have fresh new funds available, and we can begin working toward our goals for this fiscal year. I always like this season, when we wrap up the prior year in a neat little box and start with fresh spreadsheets and new file folders. (I think I have given away how truly type-A I am.)

As with the traditional new year, I like to take some time to reflect on the past year and goal set for the new one. I ask myself how I could have done things better in terms of efficiency and effectiveness as well as interpersonally with my coworkers. I try to come up with some lessons learned so I can remember those takeaways as I move forward. These are all good check-ins to do on a regular basis, but the new year seems to really inspire reflection.

I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend for Independence Day and are ready to tackle the year with fresh gusto!

Albemarle Fun Fact #6: The City of Albemarle has only had four city managers in its history. We have been fortunate to have dedicated, long-term leaders.

Until next time,

Lindsay

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