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    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. What is the function of the Office of the City Comptroller?

    2. Where is the Office of City Comptroller located?

    3. How do I contact the Office of the City Comptroller?

    4. How much did the City spend in the past fiscal year?

    5. What is the largest expenditure?

    6. Where does the City get its money from to pay for its expenditures?

    7. How can I find out more about the City’s finances?

    8. What is WebProcure?

    9. If I have additional questions about WebProcure, who do I contact?

    1. What is the function of the Office of the City Comptroller?
    The Office of City Comptroller provides high quality, efficient services to the citizens of Grand Rapids as well as within the City government while ensuring the integrity of the systems in which the City operates. The Comptroller's Office ensures that public tax dollars are utilized in a fiscally responsible manner in order to provide optimal services to Grand Rapids residents. The Office is involved in the processing of all daily financial transactions of the City. Overall, the Office has fifteen full-time employees working in four functional areas – Accounting Services, Accounts Payable, Internal Auditor, and Payroll. The major responsibilities of the office include:

    • Prepare the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report
    • Provide monthly budget reporting
    • Audit government services
    • Issue and sign checks paying all the City’s bills including payroll
    • Keep an accurate and detailed record of all funds of the city
    • Report the City’s finances to the City Commission
    • Monitor and account for grants and capital assets
    • Build and maintain financial systems
    • Provide financial systems support and training

    2. Where is the Office of City Comptroller located?
    Our office is located on the 7th floor of City Hall, 300 Monroe AVE NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    3. How do I contact the Office of the City Comptroller?
    You can call us at 616.456-3189 or email us at comptroller@grcity.us

    4. How much did the City spend in the past fiscal year?
    The City spent $345 million on a variety of services ranging from police and fire to water and sewer to the DDA.

    5. What is the largest expenditure?
    The largest expenditure is public safety which includes police and fire. In FY2012 the City spent $85.5 million on public safety.

    6. Where does the City get its money from to pay for its expenditures?
    In FY2012, the City received $119 million from taxes (income and property), $74 million from intergovernmental revenues including grants, $147 million from charges for services, and $4 million from miscellaneous revenue sources.

    7. How can I find out more about the City’s finances?
    You can read the City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports, the Citizen Guide to the City’s Finances, and the City’s budget.

    8. What is WebProcure?
    Cogsdale WebProcure delivers comprehensive eProcurement capabilities for government organizations and their suppliers. It provides complete requisition and purchase order tools, powerful workflow management and electronic approvals, online bidding and quotation processing, industry standard eCatalog support and proven tools that provide safe and secure financial system integration.

    9. If I have additional questions about WebProcure, who do I contact?
    For additional questions, please contact us at comptroller@grcity.us