Tom Berge
Delivering financial analysis tools and insights that help school districts be successful brings me great pride.

Tom Berge

Financial Specialist
Tom Berge

Prior to joining Ehlers as a Financial Analyst with our Education team,  Tom had 33 years experience in school business management in Iowa and Minnesota. He is past president of both the Iowa and Minnesota chapters of the Association of School Business Officials and a recipient of the Minnesota School Business Official of the Year award. Tom’s greatest contribution to Ehlers and our clients is his first-hand successes with passing building and operating referendum and extensive experience with school district budgeting processes.

Tom lives in Chanhassen with his wife, Barb. They are blessed with four grandchildren, two in Stillwater and two in Woodbury.  Tom and Barb spend their summers in Minnesota and winters in Florida.  Technology enables Tom to work from his Florida home office with access to the same systems as in the office in Minnesota.  He enjoys golf, water color painting, reading, and travelling.


Areas of Expertise

Debt Planning and Issuance

  • Alternative Financing Options
  • Property Tax Impact Analysis
  • Preparation of Information for Publication and Presentation
  • Voter-Approved Building Bonds
  • Maximum Effort Capital Loans
  • Alternative Facilities Bonds
  • Capital Facilities Bonds
  • Qualified Zone Academy Bonds (QZABs)
  • Cash Flow Borrowing
  • Refundings
  • Lease Purchases

Operating Referendum Planning & Assistance
Capital Projects Levy Assistance
Truth in Taxation Hearing Presentations
TIF & Abatement Analysis
Assistance with Legislative Initiatives
Lease Levy Approval
Long-Term Financial Planning & Capital Improvement Planning

Education

Bachelor of Science – Business Administration, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Master of Science – Accounting, University of North Dakota

Certifications

Certified Public Accountant

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Minnesota Association of School Business Officials – Past President
Association of Metropolitan School Districts
Alliance for Student Achievement
Association of School Business Officials International
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants