Finance

The Department of Finance provides financial, accounting, property tax and estate services on behalf of residents, County departments, schools and special districts.

About the Department of Finance

The County of Marin Department of Finance provides financial, accounting, property tax and estate services on behalf of residents, County of Marin departments, schools and special districts. Our office is comprised of nine work units: Accounting, Accounts Payable, Central Collections, Internal Audit, Payroll Services, Public Administrator, Property Tax and Tax Collector, and Treasurer.

Mission

To instill the public’s trust in County government and to ensure the financial integrity of the County of Marin by safeguarding its funds and promoting the prudent utilization of County resources.

FY 2023-2024 Continuous Improvement Focus

Business Process Improvement Initiative
One of the core responsibilities of the Department of Finance is to maintain the official financial records of the County. Journal entries are the instruments by which tens of thousands of financial transactions from across all departments and numerous special districts are recorded into the County’s financial system, Munis. On average, there are 2,700 journal entries per month being processed through the County’s financial system. The time commitment and accounting expertise needed to effectively review and approve these journal entries consumes significant staffing resources that are needed to fulfill other important department functions. The Department will review the current journal entry workflow to identify opportunities to streamline that process and will consider modifications to the Munis financial system configuration to reduce the staff time required to approve journal entries.
What does Success Look Like?
The Department will streamline the approval process for low-risk journals and reduce the average number of days between the journal creation date and journal approval date, reducing average turnaround time for journal entry approvals by 25 percent. The daily staff time saved through this process improvement will be redirected to other Departmental priorities.

Strategies


Governing Authority
Established under Government Code Sections 26980-26990, the consolidated office of the Director of Finance is responsible for the powers and duties of the offices of the auditor, controller, tax collector, treasurer, and public administrator. These state-mandated functions are governed by the Revenue and Taxation Code, Government Code, Code of Civil Procedures, and Probate Code. The Director of Finance also serves as the County's Chief Investment Officer with fiduciary responsibility of County resources.
Vision Statement
The vision of the Department of Finance is to effectively lead in all issues related to Countywide accounting, financial reporting and analysis, payroll services, investments, fiscal administrative services, property tax administration and collection, internal audit, and the oversight and administration of decedent estates. We will serve as a collaborative partner and fiscal advisor to the County Administrator's Office, Board of Supervisors and County government as a whole in their consideration of short and long-term fiscal decisions and planning. We strive to inspire and elevate public trust in County government by safeguarding the County's financial integrity, advocating and implementing best practices, and ensuring compliance with mandates and fiduciary responsibilities.

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