A budget department is a branch of local government dedicated to allocating financial resources. It manages budgets and expenses so that the local government can operate within its means. These departments also function within the guidelines of state and federal law so that local government departments and agencies have sufficient funding to meet payroll needs, purchase supplies and provide essential services to citizens.
Budget departments ensure that spending remains within appropriate limits, and keep proper financial records. They work with other government branches to create plans that help manage finances and maximize public benefits. Budget departments also work to reduce debt and manage expenditures. They may also work with local human resources agencies to manage employee payrolls, benefits, and work schedules.