|Assistant Finance Director:||Cheri Freese|
Phone Number: (760) 499-5020
Fax Number: (760) 499-1520
The following are the major services the department provides:
Accounting Services – Finance maintains the city’s governmental accounting system to present accurately, and with full disclosure, the financial operations of the funds and account groups of the City in conformity with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. These responsibilities include payroll and accounts payable processing on a biweekly basis and the administration of the bonded debt of the City and the Ridgecrest Redevelopment Agency.
Treasury/Cash Management – Finance collects money due to the City and safely keep all revenues coming in to the Treasury in compliance with laws governing the depositing and securing of public funds. Disbursements are only made on requests signed by legally designated persons. Finance also monitors business license, TOT and dog license regulations.
Budget Development – Finance plans, coordinates and prepares the City Budget for submission to City Council.
Financial Reporting – finance monitors and analyzes the activities of the current fiscal year to project trends in both revenues and expenditures that will have an effect on future budgets and fund balance. This includes but not limited to the production of all the monthly, quarterly and annual financial reports that are submitted to the City Manager and City Council. These reports are the basis of the annual Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). Other duties include preparing the documentations and coordinating the sale of bonds to fund capital projects