Administrative Services

Welcome to the Administrative Services Department. Lalo Perez is the department Director and is responsible for the following divisions/functions:

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(650) 329-2692

The goal of the Administration Division is to provide leadership for the department, to guide the departmental focus, and to work on special projects as assigned by the City Manager or the Department Head.  
The goal of the Accounting division is to process, record and report citywide financial transactions.

  • Governmental Fund Accounting (650) 617-3105
  • Enterprise Accounting  (650) 329-2583
  • Accounts Payable  (650) 329-2399
  • Payroll Processing (650) 329-2551
The Office of Management and Budget
(650) 329-2260
The mission of the Budget Division is to develop and publish the operating and capital budgets annually. The Budget Division also supports special studies by performing financial, organizational, and policy analyses of issues and programs. 
Money Management/Treasury 
(650) 329-2362

The mission for the Money Management/Treasury area is to safely manage the City's cash; invest funds according to the City's Investment Policy and State code; and to facilitate debt financing when required. 
Purchasing and Contract Administration
(650) 329-2271
Purchasing and Contract Administration is charged with the responsibility of purchasing and contracting for all of the goods and services utilized by the City. In addition it provides property disposal services, printing and mailing services, and manages two supplies warehouses to support City activities. 
Real Estate and Property Management
(650) 329-2260

The goal of the Real Estate Division is to manage and efficiently utilize City-owned properties to maximize monetary and non-monetary benefits. The Division acquires, leases, and sells property or property rights of way for public use and improvement projects such as utility facilities, parks, museums and community centers. The Division also acquires all easements needed for utilities services and, at the request of the property owner, vacates (abandons) any easements no longer used or needed by City utilities. In addition, in cooperation with the Palo Alto Housing Corporation and the Department of Community Development and Planning, the Division administers the City's Below Market Rate Housing program.  
Revenue Collections
(650) 329-2317
Revenue Collections is responsible for the collection of City Revenue generated from utility billings, the sale of parking permits, transient occupancy tax payments, parking citation payments ,utility user tax payments and miscellaneous accounts receivable invoices. The office is opened to the public, which allows staff members to provide personalized assistance to customers who have concerns or issues. 

Last Updated: Mar 18, 2015
Walter C. Rossmann Appointed as City of Palo Alto’s Director for the Office of Management and Budget
After a competitive recruitment process, Walter C. Rossmann has been named as the City of Palo Alto's first Office of Management and Budget Director.

City Manager's 2014 Proposed Budget
Here is more information about the 2014 budget.

City Manager's 2013 Adopted Budget
The City Council adopted the budget in June 2012.

City Receives Triple A Bond Rating from S&P and Moody's
Triple A Bond Rating Awarded for Palo Alto Library and Community Center Capital Improvement Bonds

Palo Alto’s AAA Rating Results in Successful Bond Sale on Library and Community Center Capital Improvement Bonds
Estimated Cumulative Interest Savings of Nearly $14.5 Million Expected from Lower Interest Rate for 30-Year Bond Repayment *

AAA Bond Rating for Palo Alto Reaffirmed by Standard and Poor's
Once again, Palo Alto receives a General Obligation (GO) bond rating of AAA from Standard and Poor's. This is the highest credit rating possible and has been awarded to only a few cities in California.


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