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Home > City Departments > Administration, Finance, Policy and Urban Affairs > Treasury and Collections

Treasury and Collections


Mayor, Byron W. Brown
Commissioner, Donna Estrich 
Director, Michael Seaman
Phone Number: (716) 851-5722
Address: 117 City Hall, Buffalo, NY  14202



Description of Services

  • Receive, receipt and deposit all monies for the City of Buffalo including but not limited to Taxes, Sewer, Water, User Fee, Parking Violations and Accounts Receivable.
  • Furnish monthly Statement of Condition to the City Comptroller.
  • Keeps accurate and separate accounts of various funds for City, Sewer Authority, and Water Board.
  • Acts as trustee for Trust and Agency Investment Accounts.
  • Collect and maintain records of all City employee garnishees and liens and distribute all monies as specified by the Courts.
  • The Director is the Enforcing Officer/Referee for the In-Rem Foreclosure Sale.
  • Coordinates the disbursement of all City of Buffalo paychecks.
  • Maintains all Trust and Agency Subsidiary Ledger including but not limited to Foreclosure, Court Orders, Bankruptcy, Dog Adoption, Foreign Fire, Prisoner Property, Fire Claims, Refunds NYS Retirement and Excessive Loads.
  • Oversees the reconciliation of bids and payments for properties purchased through the In-Rem Foreclosure.
  • Oversees the Billing and Collections Division in the preparation of financial statements, evaluations and reports on persons or organizations indebted to the City of Buffalo for delinquent Taxes, User Fee, Accounts Receivables including but not limited to Demolition, Rental of City Property, Property Damage Claims, Surrogated Causes of Action, Rights Under Assignment and Miscellaneous Debts.
  • Acts as a liaison between the Comptroller's Office and the Common Council, private sector entities and city departments or agencies concerning Collections.