ClearSource provides premier financial consulting services dedicated to helping local governments meet the demands of today's fiscal and legal environment.
Today's fiscal and legal environment demands that local government agencies:
Provide policy makers, residents, and businesses with a clear and accurate measure of the full cost of providing fee-related government services
Provide a sound, legally defensible, justification for the allocation of support services costs to direct service departments
Provide utility rate payers with a forward-looking, cost-based justification for utility rates that accounts for varying system demand levels required by segments of the user population
ClearSource Services

Cost of Service Analysis

Revenue Requirement Analysis

User and Regulatory Fee Studies

Master Fee Schedule Updates

Cost Allocation Studies

Internal Service Fund Rate Studies

Water and Sewer Rate Studies

Industry Benchmarking Services

ClearSource helps agencies do more with less

Policy makers, residents, businesses, and regulators require enhanced levels of service at a time when some cities have seen staff reductions of up to 50% of administrative support functions.

Our Team

Members of our team have worked with many of California's largest municipalities and their governmental agencies, including the following cities and special districts:

  • Atherton
  • Chula Vista
  • East Palo Alto
  • Hesperia
  • Indio
  • La Habra Heights
  • La Quinta
  • Long Beach
  • Los Angeles
  • Malibu
  • Oakdale
  • Oro Loma Sanitary District
  • Sacramento
  • Sacramento RT
  • San Carlos
  • San Diego MTS
  • Santa Paula
  • Sierra Madre
  • Taft
  • Union Sanitary District
  • Ventura

Terry Madsen

Mr. Madsen is the President and Principal Consultant of ClearSource. For 14 years, he has provided financial consulting services exclusively to local government agencies. His depth of knowledge includes numerous service areas including user fee studies, indirect cost allocation studies, internal service fund rate studies, water and wastewater rate studies, and special financing district administration.

Terry has worked closely with every level of the public body including property owners, community organizations, council members, special commissions, agency managers, all members of the agency finance team, directors of every agency department, management analysts, and the direct service staff that are the primary contact points for members of the community, such as inspectors, plan reviewers, operators, maintenance personnel, and records staff.

He is a member of the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers. He received his undergraduate degree (Cum Laude) from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Finance Concentration and an Economics Minor. He received his graduate degree from California State University, San Bernardino. He was awarded a Master of Business Administration with an Entrepreneurship Concentration.

Jeanette Hahn

Jeanette Hahn is a Senior Consultant for ClearSource Financial Consulting. She has 16 years of experience advising municipal agencies on equitable and effective costs of service, cost recovery, and strategic financial planning.

Prior to becoming part of the ClearSource team in 2017, Ms. Hahn succeeded at competing consulting firms. She was Director of Financial Consulting for NBS from 2007 to 2011 and served progressive roles at FCS GROUP from 1997 to 2007, including California Regional Manager from 2004 to 2007. Ms. Hahn stepped down from these executive roles in 2011 to focus on motherhood.

Ms. Hahn has performed nearly 200 separate engagements for public agencies of diverse size and situation throughout the Western United States, including in California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Montana, and Alaska. She is articulate and agile when working within the legal framework of rate and fee-setting across these states, with particular emphasis on California’s Proposition 218 and the state’s Mitigation Fee Act. As an accomplished and highly regarded speaker, Ms. Hahn has earned a reputation for crafting effective and persuasive messages for attaining legislative and public approval of financial plans and accompanying rates and fees. Her skills have been deployed frequently in municipal work to defuse contentious or actively contested matters. Furthermore, she has been repeatedly invited to present in educational and industry forums, such as the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers, League of California Cities, Association of California Water Agencies, and California Special Districts Association, among many others.

Ms. Hahn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with a Public Finance concentration from the University of Washington, Seattle.

Carolyn Jones

Ms. Jones is a Senior Analyst for ClearSource. Prior to joining the firm she spent 20 years as a financial analyst for the City of Ventura specializing in public works, water/wastewater, and parks and recreation. Included in her local government experience are cost allocation studies, internal service fund rate studies, user fee studies and special assessment district administration.

Carolyn has also served as senior management analyst for the City of Moreno Valley Community Services District. The special district includes street lighting and landscape as well as construction related assessment districts and community facility districts. She also spent six years with the Municipality of Anchorage where she worked on the ombudsman team investigating citizen complaints. Her review of local government operations included utilities, public safety, general government, planning, and public works.

In addition to her public experience, Ms. Jones spent six years as a management analyst in the private sector with British Petroleum (Amoco). Her responsibilities included all divisional operations of the oil industry; financial, human resources, field support, payroll, and government reporting.

Ms. Jones was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Management Concentration from the University of Alaska, Anchorage.

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