The activities of the Finance Department are crucial to the operation of City government. They include budgeting, accounting, purchasing, payroll, reprographics, Information Technologies and City Treasurer functions.
The Finance Department prepares the preliminary budget for CIty Council approval. The Budget Team projects expected revenues and coordinates various phases of the budget-making process. Upon completion and acceptance of the budget, this division is responsible for budgetary compliance, purchasing (including the bidding process), accounts receivable, accounts payable, and payroll.
The Accounting office is responsible for all the financial reports and audits conducted for the City, the Parking Authority, the Civic Center Authority, and the Community Development Commission.
The Reprographic Services section provides copy service, printing, and graphics to all city departments.
The Information Technologies is responsible, along with other user departments, for the functioning of the City computer system, including data processing and data back up.
The City Treasurer maintains records on 1911 Act bonds--those bonds which pay for City improvements and are, in turn, repaid by property owners over a period of time. The City Treasurer's Office is also responsible for depositing City funds in the bank, maintaining a running account of the disposable income, investing funds not immediately required for expenditure, issuing business licenses, and collecting money owed the City. The elected City Treasurer oversees the functions of the City Treasurer's Office.