Welcome to the City of Santa Monica Finance Department
The mission of the Finance Department is to provide sound business, financial and risk management support to internal and external customers, ensuring continuation of public services to the residents, visitors and businesses of Santa Monica through the protection of financial resources.
Santa Monica's geographic location and its diversified tax revenue base allows the local economy to weather fluctuations with minimal impact, protecting the City from downturns that impact one or a limited number of sectors of the economy. The City continues its long history of adopting balanced budgets and maintains healthy reserves to protect itself from shock losses. Prudent financial management has earned the City a AAA bond rating since 1995, and clean audits for over 30 years.
Sales Tax Rate
Santa Monica’s sales tax rate is 10.25%. The Sales Tax page shows more detail.
Paid Sick Leave Changes
The paid sick leave requirements in Santa Monica's minimum wage law increased for all businesses January 1, 2018. New hours and more information are at smgov.net/minimumwage.
Minimum Wage Rules and Regulations
The City has approved and posted rules and regulations for Santa Monica's minimum wage law, available for review/ download at smgov.net/minimumwage.
Council Adopted FY 2017-19 Budget
Commercial Cannabis Business Licensing Update
The City currently allows for Medicinal Cannabis Retail and Light Manufacturing operations. Other forms of medicinal cannabis commercial activities are currently not allowed. Click here for more information.
Santa Monica is committed to transparent financial management. View the City's credit ratings, recent financial status updates, and additional financial data.