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Finance

Director of Finance
Kathryn Downs
701 E. Carson St
Carson, CA 90745
Phone: (310) 952-1755
Email:  kdowns@carson.ca.us

The Finance Division, which operates under the direction of a Finance Director, handles a variety of city functions including budgeting, revenue collection, business license, purchasing, central services, warehousing, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and financial accounting. The division is further sub-divided into four (4) groups namely: Administration, Revenue, Purchasing, and Accounting.

Administration: Responsible for the administration and supervision of the Division. This group likewise prepares and publishes the Annual Operating Budget of the City and the Redevelopment Agency, and the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). It provides the City Council, the City Manager and all other city workgroups with financial information and analysis of financial issues.

Revenue: Responsible for the enforcement of the provisions of the Carson Municipal Code pertaining to taxation, regulatory permits and franchises, as well as the collection of delinquent debts owed to the city. The group strives annually to maximize revenue sources and pursues new sources wherever possible. The revenues generated by this group help pay for the services provided to the residents of the city.

Purchasing:
Procures and controls the supplies and equipment used by city workgroups and offers support services to city workgroups through cost effective policies and procedures. This group likewise manages Central Services and Warehouse operations.

Accounting: Provides administration and general direction for all accounting functions such as Payroll, Disbursements, Accounts Receivable, and Financial Accounting and Reporting.

Related Links
State Controller's Office Government Financial Reports - Comparable Data for California Cities
https://bythenumbers.sco.ca.gov/
Government Finance Officers Association Best Practice Advisories
http://www.gfoa.org/test-practices
California Local Government Finance Almanac - Data, Statistics and Analyses
http://www.californiacityfinance.com

City Hall Contact

701 E Carson Street
Carson, CA 90745
(310) 830-7600, 7 AM - 6 PM
Monday - Thursday
24-hour automated: (310) 952-1700

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