Operating & Maintenance (O&M) Budgeting
Typically an O&M budget is increased by x% or decreased by y% with no understanding as to the impact those changes will make.  Conventional budgeting techniques work well for accounting, marketing, finance, and human resources where a certain percentage cut yields a nearly parallel reduction in costs.  However, there is an inverse-square relationship in deferring maintenance.  Dowler Construction Services will work with the finance committee to create a fact-based O&M budget.
There is a substantial, on-going impact of facilities on balance sheets and income statements.  A fact-based budget will ...
  • accurately reveal what it costs to operate the facility, removed from emotion

  • when used with an annualized budget, assist in identifying peaks and valleys so that contract dates can be shifted to level out expenses

  • improve budgeting when variance analysis of budget versus actual is performed on a monthly basis

  • allow for intelligent decisions to be made when there is discussion about belt tightening

  • validate and justify budget assumptions

  • assist in fundraising.  

Capital Reserve Fund Analysis & Planning

Too often there is no long range, fact-based capital planning.  Large capital investments can be squandered if no thought is given to the longer term effects of throwing money at a perceived, rather than actual need.  Dowler Construction Services will assist the finance committee in creating a capital plan and show them how to make effective use of the available information.

A capital plan based on facts will assist the school by ...

  • eliminating the "uh-oh" factor because assets have been properly identified for repair / replacement

  • allowing the staff to forecast when major expenses should come due

  • allowing for informed timing of capital / improvement projects to support retention / recruitment

  • optimizing capital planning decisions

  • validating and justifying budget assumptions

  • allowing for systematic evaluation of all potential projects at the same time

  • stabilizing debt and consolidating projects to reduce financing costs

  • allowing the case to be made to potential donors that their donation will have a measurable impact on the delivery of educational programs