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Vicki V. Hellenbrand

Partner, CPA

Vicki Hellenbrand, partner and leader of the public sector practice group, has been with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP since 1991. She specializes in serving local governments and public utilities. Her experience includes providing financial audit and accounting services as well as financial consulting services related to user fees, financial planning, and impact fees. She is also actively involved in helping governmental entities implement new regulations including Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) pronouncements.

Experience

  • Partner-in-charge of local government, municipal electric, water, and sewer utility financial audits
  • Partner-in-charge of accounting and auditing services for Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) districts
  • Provides consulting services for governments and public utilities including multi-year financial and capital forecasts, budget assistance, borrowing assistance, development of continuing property records, and compliance review for outside agencies
  • Develops electric, water, stormwater, and sewer revenue requirements; cost of service allocations; and rate design
  • Assists with retail utility service agreement negotiations related to large industrial developments and intergovernmental agreements
  • Provides impact fee studies and implementation for water, wastewater, stormwater, library, parks/recreation, and public safety projects
  • Testifies as an expert witness before regulatory agencies, courts, and local governing bodies to support utility rate adjustments, special assessments, and impact fees
  • Provides fiscal impact studies of community mergers and for large industrial and residential developments
  • Performs consulting services to improve operational efficiencies and enhance internal controls

Involvement

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • AICPA Technical Issues Committee ‒ Government Zone
  • Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants (WICPA)
  • Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA)
  • Wisconsin Government Finance Officers Association (WGFOA)
  • Illinois Government Finance Officers Association (IGFOA)
  • Wisconsin Waterworks Association
  • PSC/WWA Regulatory Liaison Committee

Thought Leadership

  • Speaks on accounting and financial reporting topics at national and regional conferences, as well as at Baker Tilly‒sponsored seminars
  • Authors various accounting and GASB articles published regionally and nationally

Education

University of Wisconsin – La Crosse
Bachelor of Science in Accounting