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Monterey will celebrate 250 years all year long in 2020!
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Lauren Lai, CPA
Jordan Cupps, CPA
Assistant Finance Director
Monday - Friday
8:00am to 5:00pm
Revenue – Accounts Receivable, Pet Licenses, Business Licenses
735 Pacific Street, Suite A
Monterey, CA 93940
Fax: (831) 655-0562
We provide an online version of the Transient Occupancy Tax Return form for those hotel/motel operators who are required to collect and remit transient occupancy taxes to the City.
If you are starting a business in Monterey, the business license application form can be downloaded from this site. A business license tax calculator also is provided to compute the business license tax for you. The specific programs are briefly described below.
The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the City of Monterey by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2019. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and receiving this honor represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. NEWS RELEASE IN PDF
The Covid-19 pandemic is impacting all City of Monterey operations, service levels and budgets. The City is acting rapidly to jumpstart the economy and safely reopen City services and facilities. To that end, effective July 2020, the Finance Director established a shorter reporting period from bi-monthly to monthly to ensure prompt collection of Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT), also known as Hotel Tax, Conference Center Facilities District Tax (CCFD), and Tourism Improvement District Tax ( TID) per City Code section 35-15(b).
Moving to a monthly remittance period will provide the City with more timely cash flow and budget data, and help staff make more informed and effective decisions about the ability to reopen facilities, and bring back staff along with the services and programs our residents are used to enjoying. Also, starting in July, in an effort to streamline operations, the City’s TOT remittance form will be posted online and the City will discontinue mailing TOT forms to operators. NEWS RELEASE IN PDF
The City of Monterey's budget faces a devastating loss of $31 million over the span of two years as a result of Covid-19. The State’s Stay at Home and Monterey County Health Department’s Shelter in Place orders required the temporary closure of many of the City’s facilities and the cancellation of many cherished community programs and services, including those provided by the Monterey Public Library, Monterey Sports Center, four community centers, and the Monterey Conference Center. NEWS RELEASE | FLYER | REGISTER HERE
The Finance Administration section is responsible for the overall management and supervision of the Finance Department divisions and programs are discussed below. This section is also responsible for the Purchasing function which includes ensuring compliance with formal bid requirements, processing of all City purchase orders, and development and maintenance of purchasing policies and procedures. In addition, the Budget function falls under the purview of Finance Administration. This includes the coordination of the budget development process, budget control and compliance, developing and publishing of budget reports and documents, long range financial planning and forecasting.
Finance works closely with the City Manager for guidance in the coordination of the budget processes and development of budgetary policies and procedures.
The Revenue Division is responsible for the receipt and accounting of all monies received by the City. The following programs are also managed by the Revenue Division. The treasury function entails the daily reconciliation of bank activity, investment of excess funds at reasonable rates while ensuring that funds are available as needed. Business License Administration also falls under the Revenue Division. This entails the enforcement of the business license ordinance on all businesses doing business within the City of Monterey, maintaining accurate records, and annually coordinating the license renewal process.
Dog Licenses are also processed by this office. You can download a dog license form here, in Adobe PDF format.
The Revenue Audit program encompasses both field and mail audits for purposes of verifying business license tax collections, transient occupancy tax, and rental revenue collections. This also involves performing monthly reconciliation with the Accounting Division to verify that all funds are properly debited and credited and that all bank balances are accurate.
The Revenue Collections function is responsible for tracking and collecting the amounts that are due to the City. This involves the maintenance of accurate accounts receivables, disbursement of timely and accurate billings, and following up on collections of past due accounts.
The programs included in this division are General Accounting, Accounts Payable and Payroll Administration.
The General Accounting functions involve the accounting for expenditures, revenues, and other transactions in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, including the preparation of various financial reports and audits.
The Accounts Payable function ensures that all City bills and invoices are paid accurately and in a timely manner, consistent with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
The Payroll Administration function is responsible for the accurate and timely paying of salaries and other benefits to City employees as well as maintaining accurate records pertaining to payroll-related information.
Risk Management is responsible for all property and casualty risk financing, including purchase of insurance; identifying and assessing the City's loss exposure; implementing loss prevention practices; monitoring and enforcing contractor and tenant compliance with City insurance requirements; and adjusting property and liability claims.
The Risk Manager serves as the City's representative to ACCEL, the Authority for California Cities Excess Liability. This is the insurance joint powers authority to which the City belongs, and is the quasi-government organization through which the City finances the majority of its liability exposure.
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How to file a claim against the City
If you allege that the City or its employee has caused damage to your property, you will need to file a Claim Form and provide a receipt, or estimate(s) supporting the amount of damage claimed. It will be your responsibility to get your property repaired; the City's role will be limited to only paying for claims for which it is legally liable.
If you have received an administrative citation for violations of the Monterey City Code and wish to appeal the citation, you must do so within 30 days of the date of the citation by submitting the hearing request form to the Finance Department together with an advance deposit of the total fine amount or an advance hardship waiver application form.
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