The Finance Department is responsible for administering the City's financial policies and procedures, maintaining the City's sound financial condition, consulting with City officials and management on the ongoing administration of City's financial activities, and city-wide purchasing and contracting.

Finance consists of five divisions: Accounting and the office of the Finance Director, Information Systems, Purchasing, Revenue Collections, and Utility Billing. These divisions perform financial management functions including financial accounting, investments, managerial accounting, multi-year program accounting, payroll, citywide purchasing and contracting, revenue collections, and financial reporting to the City Council, Department Heads, and State and Federal agencies.

More information on the City Budget

The Finance Department has been awarded annually the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada, since fiscal year 1995-1996. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition for excellence in state and local government financial reporting. In order to be awarded a Certificate of Achievement, a government must publish an easily readable and efficiently organized comprehensive annual financial report. This report must satisfy both generally accepted accounting principles and applicable legal requirements. A Certificate of Achievement is valid for a period of one year only.

You can view financial information from the City of Washington's annual audit reports for the past five years at the NC Department of State Treasurer website.
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