The Finance Department's mission is to prudently manage the finances of the City, by providing and advising the Mayor and Common Council on optimum budgeting and capital financing options; responsibly managing the accounting and payroll operations of the City; adhering to all governmental accounting and reporting standards; and dealing in an efficient and effective manner with citizens, vendors, elected officials, and other departments and agencies.
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Receiving, recording, and depositing in a timely and accurate manner all moneys that State Law directs to be paid to the City.
Safeguarding the financial assets of the City through appropriate internal control measures.
Maximizing investment earnings while prudently managing market and liquidity risk.
Serving the public, other government units, and agents of the City with courteous and professional support.
The Finance Department performs additional functions involving areas such as: staff receipts and bank deposits for property tax payments; hotel/motel room tax; ambulance bills; special assessments; pet licenses; and miscellaneous over-the-counter accounts receivables. The staff also provides copies of tax bills and complete property inquiry forms as requested by the public.
The department accountants receive and prepare deposits for all other funds collected by other departments of the City. They also jointly are responsible for cash flow and investment management, internal controls, bond payments, capital financing, bank account reconciliation, property tax settlements with overlying jurisdictions, and maintenance of an investment policy.