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Finance Department

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Finance Department
735 Pacific Street, Suite A
Monterey, CA 93940
Fax: (831) 655-0562
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Administration
(831) 646-3940

Accounts Payable
(831) 646-3943

Payroll
(831) 646-3942

Revenue – Accounts Receivable, Pet Licenses, Business Licenses
(831) 646-3944

William C. Statler
Interim Finance Director
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Julie Porter
Assistant Finance Director
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Rhonda Combs
Risk/Administrative Services Manager
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Welcome to your online guide to the Finance Department. We are responsible for managing and executing all of the financial management functions for the City. Information provided on this Web site includes the City's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), City fees and charges, budget data for the current year and prior years, and City ordinances pertaining to the Business License Tax, Transient Occupancy Tax, and Utility Users Tax.

We provide an online version of the Transient Occupancy Tax Return form for those hotel/motel operators who are required to collect and remit transient occupancy taxes to the City.

If you are starting a business in Monterey, the business license application form can be downloaded from this site. A business license tax calculator also is provided to compute the business license tax for you. The specific programs are briefly described below.

The Finance Administration section is responsible for the overall management and supervision of the Finance Department divisions and programs discussed below.

This section is also responsible for the Purchasing function which includes ensuring compliance with formal bid requirements, processing of all City purchase orders, and development and maintenance of purchasing policies and procedures.

In addition, the Budget function falls under the purview of Finance Administration. This includes the coordination of the budget development process, budget control and compliance, developing and publishing of budget reports and documents, long range financial planning and forecasting. Finance works closely with the City Manager for guidance in the coordination of the budget processes and development of budgetary policies and procedures.
The Revenue Division is responsible for the receipt and accounting of all monies received by the City. The following programs are also managed by the Revenue Division. The treasury function entails the daily reconciliation of bank activity, investment of excess funds at reasonable rates while ensuring that funds are available as needed. Business License Administration also falls under the Revenue Division. This entails the enforcement of the business license ordinance on all businesses doing business within the City of Monterey, maintaining accurate records, and annually coordinating the license renewal process.

Dog Licenses are also processed by this office. You can download a dog license form here, in Adobe PDF format.

The Revenue Audit program encompasses both field and mail audits for purposes of verifying business license tax collections, transient occupancy tax, and rental revenue collections. This also involves performing monthly reconciliation with the Accounting Division to verify that all funds are properly debited and credited and that all bank balances are accurate.

The Revenue Collections function is responsible for tracking and collecting the amounts that are due to the City. This involves the maintenance of accurate accounts receivables, disbursement of timely and accurate billings, and following up on collections of past due accounts.
The programs included in this division are General Accounting, Accounts Payable and Payroll Administration.

The General Accounting functions involve the accounting for expenditures, revenues, and other transactions in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, including the preparation of various financial reports and audits.

The Accounts Payable function ensures that all City bills and invoices are paid accurately and in a timely manner, consistent with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

The Payroll Administration function is responsible for the accurate and timely paying of salaries and other benefits to City employees as well as maintaining accurate records pertaining to payroll-related information.
Risk Management is responsible for all property and casualty risk financing, including purchase of insurance; identifying and assessing the City's loss exposure; implementing loss prevention practices; monitoring and enforcing contractor and tenant compliance with City insurance requirements; and adjusting property and liability claims.

The Risk Manager serves as the City's representative to ACCEL, the Authority for California Cities Excess Liability. This is the insurance joint powers authority to which the City belongs, and is the quasi-government organization through which the City finances the majority of its liability exposure.

How to file a claim against the City
Request a claim form by calling 646.3940 and requesting a form be sent to you by providing your detailed mailing address or fax number. Please note that the City of Monterey only pays claims for which it is legally liable.

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Business License Tax Calculator
Business License Tax Calculator
We also feature a Business License Tax Calculator. This easy to use calculator is provided for those who would like assistance in computing their City of Monterey Business License Tax. In addition, the calculator will compute the promotion fee that may be payable if your business is located in one of the City's promotion districts.