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Cash Management Practices Among Southeastern County Governments: Proper Utilization or Excessive Caution

Author: STEVE MODLIN and LA SHONDA M. STEWART
Published in PFM, Vol. 12 No. 2

Proper management of idle cash reserves is becoming a major feature within county government revenue policy. Each facet of the process, from collections and disbursements to investments, is critical if local governments expect to maximize cash flow. This study examines cash management practices of county governments in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. External governmental factors, banking practices, and investment choices are all examined to assess contributions to return on investments. The findings indicate that decision-maker responsibility, the use of external banks, and the use of zero balance accounts or concentration accounts have a positive impact on investment return. In addition, as money becomes more available, investment prerogatives generally focus on the local government investment pool.

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