Q. What are the primary functions of the department?

A. The primary functions of the department are accounting and reporting, accounts receivable, utility billing, accounts payable, payroll, cash receipts, cash management and investments. The City of Sedona Finance Department is also responsible for the annual audit and budget preparation.

Q. What are the typical cycles for the functions in the department?

A. There are multiple billing and payment cycles that take place in the Finance Department.

Utility billing sends wastewater bills at the end of the month. The sewer bills are billed in arrears. This means that billings are sent at the end of the period of usage rather than in advance. All bills are due on the 15th day of each month.

Payroll sends out paychecks biweekly. The City of Sedona belongs to the Arizona State Retirement System (A.S.R.S.) and Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (P.S.P.R.S).

Q. What are the Finance Department’s hours of operation?

A. Monday - Thursday, 7 a.m. through 6 p.m. except recognized holidays.

Q. What is the difference between water and wastewater?

A. Wastewater is discharged from various sources. Wastewater generally comes from toilets, shower, sinks, and other sources and is contaminated.

Q. How come my neighbor pays a different amount for wastewater?

A. Generally, there are two different amounts a sewer customer may pay. Regular flow toilets and low flow toilets are charged according to the fee schedule.  Please call the Financial Services Department at (928) 204-7185 for more information.

Q. What methods of payment are accepted to pay my sewer bill?

A. Payments can be made online or over the phone via Xpress Bill Pay.com using most debit and credit cards as well as electronic fund transfers.

B. When you pay in person, the city accepts cash and checks.

C. There is also drive up drop box located outside of the Administration building.

Q. What is the name of the trash company?

A. There are multiple trash companies that serve the Sedona area. Please refer to the “garbage and rubbish collection” section of the phone book.

Q. What is the name of the water company?

A. Arizona Water Company at (928) 282-5555 or Oak Creek Water at (928) 282-3404. 

Q. To whom do I pay ...

Business license fees - Financial Services Department at (928) 204-7185
Recreation fees - Parks & Recreation Department (928) 282-7098
Right of way fees - Public Works Department (928) 204-7111
Impact Fees, permit fees - Community Development Department (928) 282-1154
Traffic fees - Magistrate Court (928) 282-1189

Q. Why do I need a city business license?

“Business” means all activities or acts, personal or corporate, engaged in by any person or entity (or agent or employee of such person or entity) conducted for the purpose of apparent gain, benefit, or advantage, either direct or indirect. [Ord. 2010-16 § 1, 10-26-2010 (Res. 2010-30 Exh. A, 10-26-2010). Code 2006 § 8-2-1].

5.05.020 Business license required. Only If you have a physical presence.
It is unlawful for any business to operate within the city limits without first having procured a current business license from the city and complying with any and all regulations of such business specified in the Sedona City Code, Sedona Land Development Code (LDC), and Arizona Revised Statutes. Said compliance shall include but not be limited to compliance with any and all zoning ordinances and specified building uses. 

Q. Whom do I contact regarding my property taxes?

A. Yavapai County Assessor’s Office at (928) 639-8121 or Coconino County (928) 679-7962 depending on the county in which your property is located.

Q. How much of my sales tax is returned to the city?

A. You pay 9.9 cents general sales tax on every dollar in Sedona - Coconino County. You pay 9.35 cents on general sales tax on every dollar in Sedona - Yavapai County. Three percent of the tax is returned to the city.

Q. Do I have to charge and collect the city sales tax, and for what?

A. Yes. The sales tax rate for Sedona-Coconino County is 9.9% and for Sedona-Yavapai County is 9.35%. These rates include the state sales tax of 5.6% and the city sales tax of 3%. The remainder of the percentage includes the county sales tax.

 Q. I have specific sales tax questions. Whom should I contact?

A. Contact the Arizona Department of Revenue at (602) 255-2060 or 1-800-843-7196. Visit the ADOR website.

Q. Where can I view city financial information such as the budget and Comprehensive Annual Financial Report?

A. Follow this link to see budget and CAFR documents. The CAFR contains comprehensive information about the finances of the city and its operations. It also includes information about long term financial planning for the city.

Q. What is the fiscal year for the city?

A. The city's fiscal year runs from July 1 through June 30.