The Finance Department provides all the required administrative services to operate the City, including:
- Financial Reporting
- Grant Administration
- Business License Compliance
- Treasury Functions
The Department is responsible for all city budget and fiscal functions, including accounting, and purchasing. In this respect, the department collects all city revenues pays all city bills, prepares the payroll, processes all business licenses, and handles any other related functions. All parking violations are processed through a third-party vendor and issued by the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. In addition, the department assists the City Council, City Manager, and other departments in accomplishing their goals to serve the public by providing timely, accurate, and complete financial reports. The department is also instrumental in the development of the annual budget and is responsible for the preparation of the budget document.
The Finance Director is also appointed by the City Manager to act as City Treasurer.
The City Treasurer has the prime responsibility for the receipt, custody, and investment of monies for the City. The City Treasurer:
- Deposits public funds
- Makes payments on city warrants
- Submits a written report
- Accounts for all receipts, disbursements, and fund balances to the City Council on a quarterly basis
The City Treasurer is also responsible for the collection of city taxes and license fees that are prescribed by the ordinance.