The Department of Administration is responsible for preparation of the City's legal tax budget which is the basis for the certification of tax revenue to the City. In addition, the department is responsible for preparation of the City's yearly budget and the subsequent annual appropriation of funds to the various operating departments, capital projects, and City debt payments.
The Department represents the City in formal external organizations concerned with regional collaboration and intergovernmental relations such as the Regional Prosperity Initiative. In addition, the department is involved in various ad hoc intergovernmental efforts that develop from time to time.
The Department is authorized by the City Charter to maintain an economic development effort. The Economic Developer is involved in business retention, business attraction, grant programs and various incentive programs to encourage economic development. The Economic Developer participates in various collaborate programs with other communities to encourage economic development outside the City's corporate boundaries such as a Joint Economic Development District in neighboring Brimfield Township.
The Department is involved in strategic planning for the City. In this capacity the Department advises the Mayor and department heads concerning policies and programs that impact the short term as well as the long term operation of the City. The overview of the preparation and adoption of a comprehensive land use plan is one example. Other activities, while equally important, are less structured and more specific to functional areas such as recommendations on utility rates such as water and sewer.