The Finance Department manages the City's money. The department is responsible for helping the City Manager and City Commissioners plan both the Annual Operating Budget and Five-Year Capital Budget, as well as preparing the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.
The Annual Operating Budget, which begins October 1 each year and ends September 30 of the following year, is the City's financial foundation for providing daily services to residents. The Operating Budget is made up of several different funds, including a General Fund, Stormwater Utility Fund, Sanitation Fund, and Airport Fund. The General Fund relies on revenue from taxes and other sources, and accounts for much of the City's operations. However, there are some services that operate from self-sufficient funds. One example is the Sanitation Division, which operates solely on the fees paid by residents and private companies.
The Capital Budget is planned annually to forecast major expenditures that may occur over the next five years. Capital purchases are defined as items estimated to cost $1000 or more. These include facilities, new equipment, vehicles, road improvements, and other projects. The budget enables the City to properly plan for the future growth of Kissimmee and the needs of its residents. The Capital Budget is funded by a variety of sources, including the Local Option Sales Tax or "1 cent," Recreation Impact Fees, the local option Gas Tax, and User fees.
The City takes great pride in preparing and utilizing these budgets that demonstrate fiscal responsibility to its citizens; therefore, the City ensures that it develops a budget document that exhibits sound policy and operational guidelines, and is effective at communicating complicated financial information to the general public.
The Comprehensive Annual Report (CAFR) is also prepared by the City's Finance Department. The CAFR is prepared at the conclusion of the City's annual year-end audit process. The Finance Department has earned the Government Finance Officers Association's Certification of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for many years. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. Phone: 407.518.2210 Fax: 407.518.2208
Amy Ady, Finance Director
Amy Ady has been the Finance Director since October 1998. She supervises twelve employees and manages a total City budget of $187,465,736 and a Finance Department budget of $1,394,905. Mrs. Ady is responsible for all financial records of the City. Activities include purchasing, paying the City's bills, collecting revenue, payroll processing and reporting, administering the debt service funds, investing idle funds, maintaining fixed asset records, preparing monthly financial reports and grants management. The department also prepares the annual financial report and the annual budget.