City of Piedmont Finance Department
The Finance Department is responsible for the internal financial operations of the city, including accounts payable and receivable, payroll, investment of city funds and, most importantly, preparation of the annual budgetunder the direction of the City Administrator. Charts showing the Summary Budget, Revenue, Expenditures, and Salaries for City Employees are included at this website.
On or before the 15th of May, the Finance Director presents the draft budget to the City Council. To encourage public participation in the budget process, a Budget Meeting Schedule is prepared by the Finance Director. Normally, the council meets on one Saturday in May to review each department’s requests for funding and holds two public hearings on the first and third Mondays of June to allow further public comment.
A citizens committee is appointed each year to review the need for major capital expenditures such as construction projects, sidewalk repair, and maintenance of city buildings. Residents can suggest projects for the capital budget by completing a CIP Request Form.
The city’s charter requires that a balanced budget must be adopted on or before the 30th day of June. Click here to access the approved budget for the current fiscal year.
The City of Piedmont collects taxes for a variety of government services:
- Municipal Services Tax Annual parcel tax based on individual lot size
- Sewer Tax Annual tax based on parcel size and water usage
- Real Property Transfer Tax One-time tax of $13.00/thousand at time of transfer
- Utility User’s Tax Monthly charge of 7.5% on electricity, water, and telephone
- Paramedic Tax Annual parcel tax to provide free paramedic service is included in the County’s Emergency Services Tax.
Both the Piedmont Unified School District and the County of Alameda also assess taxes on Piedmont property. To determine the total of taxes for an individual property, call the Alameda County Assessors Office at (510) 272-6925.