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Name: Department of Finance - RG 202

Historical Note:

The Department of Finance, created by the Civil Administrative Code of 1917, assumed duties formerly exercised by the Governor, Auditor of Public Accounts, State Treasurer, Secretary of State, and Legislative Reference Bureau. The new department was responsible for preparing the annual budget, performing audits of executive departments, installing a uniform bookkeeping-accounting system, and executing such housekeeping duties as purchasing and property control.

In 1919 the Tax Commission was created (L. 1919, p. 718). The enacting legislation stated that the commission was to exercise its duties in regard to the assessment of property for taxation without any direction, supervision, or control by the director of the Department of Finance. The director was, however, to serve as the commission's secretary and executive officer and was to supply all necessary clerical and administrative support.

As various taxes were instituted the Department of Finance was made responsible for their administration and collection. The taxes included those on motor fuel, liquor, retailers' occupation, public utilities, cigarettes, and oil-producing (L. 1929, p. 625; L. 1933, pp. 519, 924; L. 1937, p. 1952; L. 1941, vol. 1, pp. 1043, 1068). When the Department of Revenue was created in 1943 responsibilities for the above taxes and for the safety and purity of illuminating oils and gasoline were transferred to it (L. 1943, vol. 2, p. 300). The Tax Commission also was abolished by omission at this time and its powers and duties were assumed by the Department of Revenue.

In 1933 the Department of Finance received jurisdiction over the Division of Multigraphing, the Division of Printing, and the Division of Purchasing and Supplies from the abolished Department of Trade and Commerce (L. 1933, p. 1061). In 1967 the responsibilities for printing and purchasing were transferred to the newly created Department of General Services (L. 1967, p. 2788). That department also assumed the administration of the Property Control Act from the Department of Finance in 1970 (P.A. 76-2028, pp. 91-92).

The preparation of the annual budget was assumed by the Bureau of the Budget when it was created in 1970 (P.A. 76-2411, pp. 841-843). In 1965 the Department of Finance became responsible for managing the procurement, retention, installation, maintenance, and operation of all electronic data processing equipment used by state agencies (L. 1965, p. 2398). This function is performed by the Management Information Division. The department also remains responsible for establishing and maintaining standards for financial accounting and statistical reporting by state agencies.

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