Department of Finance
Office of the CFO
68 Mitchell Street
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
J. Anthony "Jim" Beard,
Chief Financial Officer
Gwendolyn A. Smith,
Deputy Chief Financial
To provide leading practice financial management services and leadership to achieve City of Atlanta goals and objectives.
The Department of Finance serves as a strategic business partner to:
- Promote actions to achieve the City's priorities
- Provide excellent service to internal and external customers
- Establish and maintain sound fiscal policies
- Deliver a clear and accurate picture of the City's current and future financial position
- Improve the effectiveness, efficiency, and integration of the City's business processes
- Proactively report on, analyze, and recommend actions for improvement
To excel in carrying out our mission to serve the public and city government.
The Department of Finance manages and accounts for the City's financial resources. This department prepares and monitors the annual budget, invests city funds to protect assets, maintains fiscal liquidity and maximizes income in compliance with all governing financial and accounting laws.
In addition, the Department of Finance provides legislative support to the Finance/Executive Committee of the City Council, Department Administration and Executive Assistance.
The Department of Finance meets on a bi-weekly basis with City Council's Finance Executive Committee. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend these meetings.
Each Fall, public hearings regarding budget proposals and citizen requests are held during the budget preparation process. The hearings are held at locations throughout the City.
ABE – Atlanta Budget Explorer
The finance department created ABE to give Atlantans the opportunity to take a closer look at how their city expends its money. The set of tools contained within ABE provides a transparent look at the city revenues, expenses and budget by the four major funds and by department. Please click here to explore.
To submit Georgia Open Records Request, you may send an email to DOFBO@atlantaga.gov or call (404) 330.6430.
Please view the City of Atlanta Independent Registered Municipal Advisor Disclosure Certificate.
Budget & Fiscal Policy
Office of Administrative Services
The Office of Administrative Services manages functions associated with responses to open records requests, human resource administration, staff recruitment and training, background investigations, conducts internal staff investigations, procurement, organization design, space management, and it includes the Office of Records Management which manages the physical maintenance of records for City Departments being transferred to and from an outsourced contractor.
Office of Budget & Fiscal Policy
Youlanda C. Carr, Interim Budget Chief
The Office provides City government centralized budget and management analysis. The Office provides independent analysis and evaluation of resource allocation issues and operational issues, and produces financial and operational data for both internal and external use. The Office also provides financial planning and analysis, administration of debt structures, economic analysis, enterprise fund budgeting, and cash forecasting. .
Office of the Controller
John Gaffney, Controller
Office of the Controller directs policy and management for all of the City’s accounting operations’ and has responsibility for developing and publishing accurate financial statements and oversight of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). In addition, this office is charged with the responsibility of managing the coordination of external audits and the development of financial policy and procedures. This Office manages Accounting Services to include accounts payable, general accounting, payroll, and pension administration; grant accounting; and, records management, to include physical maintenance of records for City departments. The Controller’s Office also has oversight to manage operations in risk management & financial information systems.
Office of Treasury, Debt & Investments
Paul Kwaw, Interim Treasurer, Debt & Investment Chief
The Office of Debt and Investments is responsible for the debt management and the cash and investment management for the City of Atlanta. Debt Management oversees the City's debt portfolio providing centralized management to ensure accountability, control and judicious application of the public resources. The team services the General Obligation, Airport, Water & Wastewater and conduit debt of the City. Cash and Investment Management is responsible for banking services, cash management and the City's investment portfolio. Our policy is to invest public funds in a manner that will provide maximum security and the best commensurate yield, while meeting the daily cash flow demands of the City.
Office of Grant Services
Lee Hannah, Director
The Office of Grant Services manages money allocated to the City of Atlanta from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These funds are Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), Emergency Shelter Grants (ESG), Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME) and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA). It also manages grants from state government, foundations, and private entities. Grant Services is the fiscal agent for all grant funds received by the City of Atlanta. The unit's overall fiscal administrative responsibility is to use fiscal controls and fund accounting procedures to ensure the proper disbursement of and accounting for federal and state funds.
Office of Revenue
Gary Donaldson, Revenue Chief
The Office of Revenue administers billing and collection, business licensing, revenue assurance and auditing, accounts receivable management, lien recordings, payment processing and online services. The billing and self-reported collection accounts include general business license, hotel/motel tax, car rental tax, alcohol tax, franchise fees, municipal leases, professional tax accounts and compliance with the City Code of Ordinances. Revenue audits are performed to ensure that businesses are accurately reporting all revenues due to the City. The accounts receivable team conducts ongoing review and analysis of major aged accounts and ultimately enforcement actions including the placement of liens to satisfy outstanding debts, with a primary focus on delinquent water/ wastewater and solid waste accounts. The Office of Revenue payment processing activities includes ensuring daily bank deposits, accounting and posting of City receipts to the general ledger and the management of online payment programs.