Finance Department

This area is responsible for the reconcilation of the City's finances, both day to day and long term. Under the direction of the City Manager the finance department develops and maintains accounting systems for financial transactions in conformity with the City Charter, State law and generally accepted accounting principles.  The City's budget is prepared in accordance of the State Budgeting Act.

The City Manager and finance department are involved in many aspects of the City’s finances, including but not limtied to revenue forecasting, budget preparation and management, cash flow management, investment of idle funds, debt maanagement, accounts payable and miscellaneous receivables, and utility rates analysises.

Accounts payable is a function of the Finance Department. The process includes data input, reconciliation and procedures to ensure that supporting documentation and approvals are in compliance with City Charter and our internal controls.

The Finance Department is responsible for risk management.  The City partipates in the Michigan Municipal Risk Magenement Authority pool that provides insurance coverage for liability, auto, crime and property damage risks and the Michigan Municipal Liability and Property Pool that provicdes coverage for workers' compensation. 

The City of Dowagiac does not have a purchasing department or Purchasing Director.  The purchasing operations of the City are decentralized, that is each department is responsible for its own purchasing of goods and services. 

In conjunction with the City's independent auditors, the finance director works to complete the annual audit and produce the City's annual financial statements.


Audits:  201820172016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 

Original Budgets: 2019 - 20182017 - 2016 - 2015 - 2014

CVTRS Compliance:  

PA 202 Numbered Letter 2018-1 Compliance 

PA 530 Numbered Letter 2017-1 Compliance

Quarterly Investment Summary Reports are available per request. 


Department Information:

            Finance Director: Rebecca L Grabemeyer, CPA

Office Hours M-F: 8:30 - 4:30

Phone: 269-782-2195

accountant@dowagiac.org