Brian Cochran - Finance Director
City Hall, 955 School Street
Mail to P.O. Box 660, Napa, California 94559-0660
Central Stores - 707-257-9583
The City of Napa 's fiscal year begins each July 1, and the City operates on a two-year budget cycle.
What we do
Finance personnel manage, control, and accurately report on the financial affairs of the City of Napa and the Housing Authority of the City of Napa (HACN). The department functions under the direction of the City Manager's Office through which the needs, concerns, and desires of the citizens are ultimately expressed.
As a support function, the Finance Department works in partnership with other City departments to develop budgets, implement control measures, and establish policies and procedures aimed at accurately accounting for, safeguarding, and maximizing the value of the City's assets. Our operations include:
- Collecting and recording of receipts for taxes, licenses, fees, grants and other revenues;
- Purchasing of goods and services;
- Maintaining accurate financial records;
- Monitoring investments and debt;
- Providing payroll services;
- Overseeing adherence to budgetary restrictions;
- Preparation and distribution of financial information; and
- Safeguarding of assets.
To fulfill these responsibilities, the Finance Department has established and maintains an internal control structure designed to ensure that the assets of the City, NCRA and the HACN are protected from loss, theft or misuse and to ensure that adequate accounting data are compiled to allow for the preparation of financial statements in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles. Said statements are issued in the form of the City of Napa’s Basic Financial Statement, which is available for review from the link at the bottom of this page. The full report is also available at the City Clerk’s Office and the Finance Department at City Hall. The Basic Financial Statement details the City’s financial activity and position, which is audited by an independent firm of Certified Public Accountants. The report is the culmination of the City’s fiscal year financial activity.
Additionally, the department is instrumental in the compilation of the City of Napa Budget (see below for City Budget document links). The Budget establishes management's fiscal plan for the City and is the control tool employed and referenced throughout the period by City staff. The services, programs, revenues and expenses contained in the Budget reflect the methods and use of resources through which staff intends to accomplish the goals, objectives and long-term plan of the City of Napa.
Although it is reflected as a single entity on the City of Napa Organization Chart , in reality, the Finance Department is comprised of four distinct functional areas – Accounting & Audit, Revenue Collections, Purchasing and the Information Technology Division. The Finance Department’s organizational chart depicts this structure in detail.
In an effort to achieve the department's purpose, a multitude of operational activities occurs each day. The activity is generated by 36 employment positions serving in varying capacities. The structure of these positions is illustrated on the Finance Department’s organizational chart.
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