The Finance Department handles all financial and accounting tasks for the City of Ashland and the Ashland Water and Wastewater Utility. In addition to the responsibilities related to financial management and record keeping, the Finance Department also performs significant Customer Service functions.

City Financial Stability

It is essential that the City maintain fiscal stability to be able to deliver high quality services. This requires an effective and transparent financial system, accurate and reliable forecasting of revenues, an enhanced tax base, and control of expenses. To that end key objectives have been developed to ensure the City maintains fiscal stability and accountability.

  1. Objective 1
  2. Objective 2
  3. Objective 3
  4. Objective 4
  5. Objective 5

Maintain a Stable, Efficient & Transparent Financial Environment

  • Develop and maintain an online database of City-owned properties to improve the transparency of government assets.
  • Increase the accessibility of financial information on the City’s website by creating public viewing portals.
  • Conduct surveys and focus groups to determine services residents need most (needs vs. wants), are willing to support financially through new revenue options, and their levels of satisfaction with current services; neighborhood leaders are solicited for input.
  • Work with City Council, City staff, school district, county, and neighboring communities to identify opportunities for feasible, efficient, and cost effective collaboration and consolidation.
  • Ensure that all departments have ready access to financial tools and information to assist in decision making processes.
  • Creation and implementation of financial policies and procedures.