The Finance Department of the City of Sulphur Springs emphasizes a full integration of financial planning and controls into all aspects of municipal operations as well as all capital improvement projects. The department assists each of the other city departments into defining their mission in financial terms starting with an ongoing review of capital expenditures and finishing with a defined operational plan otherwise known as the budget. Finance compiles each of these specific budgets, integrates them into the overall financial plan and presents the document to the City Council for their consideration and approval.
Whether through the accounting process or by onsite observation, the department provides management the necessary means to measure performance. To that end, finance emphasizes and thus tries to best measure actual budgeted product delivered to the customer, the tax and rate payer.
Generally, citizens are often hesitant in the giving of their trust along with their monies to their local government. We, in the Finance Department understand it is our responsibility to both earn and maintain that trust by both facilitating an efficient and effective political budgeting process as well as provide the tools for accurately accounting for the results as that budget is put into action.