The Finance Department includes the office of the City Clerk/Treasurer who administers the financial functions of all departments of the City.  The City Clerk maintains all public records of the City and acts as the secretary for the Mayor and Council preparing the meeting agenda and accepting correspondence.  

Coni McMaster, Clerk/Treasurer
(360) 673-4561
cityclerk@kalama.com

Accounts Payable & Receivable

All bills to or from the City go through the Finance Department for payment.

Sue Seay, AP/Licensing Clerk
(360) 673-4908
apclerk@kalama.com

How the City is Funded

The City of Kalama is funded through revenues from local property and sales taxes, state funds including other taxes, grants, loans, and fees for services it provides to the public plus other miscellaneous revenues. The City is required to adopt its annual budget by December 31st of each year.  Some of the General Revenues collected are as follows:

               Revenues                         Fees for Services/Other Revenues
Sales taxes                                      Building permits
Sales taxes for criminal justice           Business licenses
Property taxes                                   Court fines and fees
Utility taxes on all utilities                   Dog licenses
Liquor taxes                                      Grant funds
Leasehold Excise taxes                     Planning applications
Gambling taxes                                 Administration fees                   
Transportation Benefit District Fee      Miscellaneous fees

These taxes and fees are used for the general operations of the City such as street maintenance, police protection, library, or building and planning services.  Utility fees fund the services of water, sewer, and garbage and are not used for general operating expenses.

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