The Finance Department’s general purpose is to direct, administer and supervise fiscal affairs, accounting and financial reporting.  The three Divisions of the Finance Department are Finance, Purchasing and Risk Management.  The Finance Division contains Administration, Accounting and Utility Customer Service (also known as Water Customer Service).


Finance Administration includes the Chief Financial Officer, Budget & Revenue Officer, Payroll Administrator, and Licensing.  Essential duties and responsibilities include directing the City’s annual budget preparation, monitoring expenses and revenues, preparing the annual tax levy, business licensing, administration of the City’s Food and Beverage Tax, Hotel Use Tax, and Local Motor Fuel Tax, and processing of payroll for all City of Decatur employees, as well as Police and Fire retirees.


Accounting responsibilities include the recording of all receipts and disbursements, as well as the completion of monthly bank reconciliations and month and year-end close processes.  Accounting also monitors cash flow and investments, coordinates the annual audit, and provides financial guidance to the Police and Firefighters Pension Funds.