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Financial Services manages the Town's financial affairs, as directed by Council. The financial well-being of the municipality is ensured through effective and reliable financial policies and providing wise advice and complete information to Council and Town departments.
The Finance unit is responsible for accounts payable and receivable, utility billing, tax collections, financial reporting, managing the Town’s investment portfolio and banking services. It also oversees the collection of fees for business licences, dog and cat licences and other user services.
Financial Services is responsible for preparing the annual and three-year operating budgets and the 10-year capital budget. It strives to provide timely and accurate financial information to facilitate the decision-making needs of Council, the Senior Leadership Team, internal departments and external stakeholders.
In addition, the unit is responsible for overseeing risk management, which ensures that the financial stability of the Town is protected against the effects of accidental loss.
Who We Are
Financial Services serves the interests of Council, all Town departments and ratepayers through responsible financial corporate stewardship, strategic financial management services and accountable financial reporting and control - in order to sustain the long-term plans of the corporation.
Financial Services assist internal departments in achieving their service goals and objectives through the responsible stewardship of corporate financial resources, in accordance with the bylaws, resolutions and directives of Council and the laws and regulations of the provincial and federal governments.
The Finance unit manages the Town's fiscal affairs and ensures all financial activities are performed, recorded and presented in compliance with legal, professional and ethical standards. This unit oversees all financial systems; develops corporate financial processes, policies and procedures; and ensures adherence to financial management standards - in order to be fiscally responsible with public funds and minimize exposure to financial risk and loss.
Financial services includes long-term financial planning, annual budget development, accounting, treasury and cash management and all statutory reporting. Purchasing requirements - such as tenders, purchase orders and corporate credit card management - are coordinated through this division. Financial services also calculates and levies property taxes and water and sewer billing and collects other payments for items such as licences, permits and fines.
The unit strives to provide timely and accurate financial information to facilitate the decision-making needs of Council, the Senior Leadership Team and internal stakeholders and to ensure accountability and transparency to ratepayers and other external stakeholders. Ultimately, Financial Services is responsible for the stewardship and protection of the Town's financial assets and records.
What We Do
Financial Services provides the following services:
- manages Town finances in a fiscally responsible and prudent manner
- develops long-range financial plans, strategies and policies
- formulates annual and three-year municipal operating and capital budgets
- develops and maintains financial reporting and controls
- provides objective professional support on major strategic and financial initiatives
- administers procurement of goods and services
- liaises with regulatory officials/agencies (external auditors and financial services, Canada Revenue Agency, Alberta Municipal Affairs)
- accounts payable and receivable
- water and sewer billing and collection and maintenance of utility accounts
- property tax billing and collection and maintenance of property tax records
- financial reporting
- managing investment portfolios
- banking and insurance services
- collection of fees for business and pet licences
- cashier services (payment collection, processing and receipting)
- coordination of annual audit process
- preparation of financial information returns and financial statements
- performing cost analysis and monitoring
- developing and maintaining sustainable asset and funds management strategies
- maintain asset ledger and related depreciation information
- preparing and publishing of annual financial report and financial plan
- oversees investment of operating and capital reserves
- oversees process for receiving government grants and transfers
- determines, coordinates and collects user fees
- general accounting services
Financial stewardship is achieved through reporting, monitoring, controlling and auditing programs. Annual and long-term plans, year-end reports and annual audited statements provide key financial information to keep ratepayers, citizens, business leaders and other interested parties informed about the financial performance and delivery of Town programs and services.
The provisions of the Alberta Municipal Government Act and other pertinent legislation govern the financial stewardship of the organization. Further, Financial Services is cognizant of legislation specific to the operations of other Town departments and the fundamental financial guidelines of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Public Sector Accounting Principles, established by the Public Sector Accounting Board (PSAB). In addition, stringent risk management processes are in place to ensure that the financial stability of the Town is protected against the effects of accidental loss.
Manager of Finance