The goals of Finance Department are to employ best practices and be transparent in financial management, to strengthen and make judicious use of financial resources to achieve and build City financial resilience, and to focus on internal and external customer services in various support services. The Department works to preserve a strong financial condition by creating responsible financial strategies, effectively managing the City's resources, and providing analysis and recommendations that ensure optimal economic outcomes.
The Finance Department provides centralized revenue collection, financial planning, budgeting, reporting and analysis, treasury and investment, debt management, grant accounting, purchasing, accounts payable, payroll, and audits. In addition, the Department establishes and maintains the City's administrative policies and procedures for internal controls. The Department follows Federal and State laws, rules, and regulations to prepare many mandated reports.
The Finance Department oversees and maintains the City's information systems and communication systems. The Department maintains a customer service counter and serves as the central cashiering point for the City. It prepares utility billing and administers laws related to business license, utility tax, transient occupancy tax, admissions tax, and franchise tax.
In addition, the City's HUD CDBG, Home, and Housing programs are also managed by the Finance Department, under Activity 1405, Community Assistance Housing.