The Finance Department has several staff members that are responsible for all accounting functions for the City including general ledger, accounts payable and receivable, cash management (including investments), cash receipts, employee benefits (including non-uniform pension), and financial statement preparation. The Electric Department accounting staff and the Utilities Accounting department staff also report to the Finance Director.
The Finance Department staff provides services to internal and external customers.
Typical services provided to department heads include assisting with budget preparation, researching expenditures and providing documentation related to such, and assisting with budget management throughout the year.
Typical services provided to employees include assisting with insurance enrollment and questions, leave balance questions, and retirement benefits.
Typical services provided to external customers or citizens include answering questions about the City's finances or providing documentation related to Freedom of Information requests.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How are my tax dollars spent?
A. A large portion of the budget is expended on public safety. The budgets for Police, Fire, and Emergency Services amount to 65.63% of the General Fund expenditures budgeted in FY16. Approximately 450 employees work in these departments which is approximately 52% of the City's workforce. Click here to see a pie chart of the city's expenditures.
Q. Are the City's revenues increasing?
A. The projected General Fund revenues for FY16 are approx. 4.6% higher than in FY15. The largest single type of revenue we collect are city and county sales taxes and represent 40.11% of the total projected General Fund revenues. In 2016 and 2017, we will receive substantial grant funds to pay the salary and benefits of 24 new firefighters.
Q. Can I pay for services with a credit card?
A. Almost no services provided by the City can currently be paid for with a debit/credit card. We now accept credit/debit cards in the City Clerk's office, the Planning Department, and the Animal Shelter. We are exploring adding more departments to the list, in conjunction with the launch of our new accounting software in March 2016.
Karen Scott - Director
City Services Building
120 Main St.
North Little Rock, AR 72114
Phone: (501) 975-8802