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About the Department of Finance

The Department of Finance (DoF) provides services to the Mayor and serves as an internal fiscal consultant to the City. The DoF is made up of three divisions, Financial Planning, Internal Financial Reporting, and External Financial Reporting and Disbursements.

The vision is:  To set the national standard for municipal financial management

The mission is:  To provide the highest quality financial services with integrity, transparency, and accountability

Goals and Objectives

      Goal 1: Safeguard public assets through strong financial management

  • Maintain strong internal controls over financial reporting

  • Establish fiscally sound financial policies

  • Produce transparent financial reporting

  • Prepare fiscally sound balanced budgets and capital plans

     Goal 2: Optimize financial resources through long-term fiscal planning

  • Identify and implement continuous business process improvements

  • Seek strategic opportunities to reduce costs and enhance revenues

  • Promote sound long-term financial and infrastructure planning

     Goal 3: Provide excellent customer service

  • Reach out to customers and collaborate to meet their goals

  • Provide accurate and timely financial information

     Goal 4: Strengthen the City’s financial knowledge, skills, and abilities

  • Maximize use of the City’s financial data

  • Provide robust training programs for Finance Department staff

  • Establish training programs for citywide staff

City Financial Policies

All financial policies have been adopted by the City Council as a resolution.  A resolution is a formal expression of opinion or intention of the City Council.

City Ordinances

An ordinance is a law adopted by the City Council and usually amend, repeal, or supplement the Municipal Code; provide zoning specifications; or appropriate money for specific purposes.