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Finance Department

Director of Finance/ City Treasurer
101 North Halagueno Street


Wendy Austin is a native of Carlsbad.  She has two Bachelor Degrees – Administration and Accounting.  In addition, she is a graduate of Regis University with an MBA. 
Wendy spent the early years of her career in banking and as an Audit Manager for the NM Taxation & Revenue Department.  Before joining the City, Wendy spent nine years in the Potash Industry in various leadership roles including Finance Manager.
Wendy and her husband Chris have 6 children and 3 grandchildren.

The City of Carlsbad Finance Department is responsible for all receipts and disbursements concerning all City Departments. The Finance Department branches include payroll, purchasing, utility bill receipts and billing, EMS receipts, accounts payable, fixed asset coordination, accounting and reception.

The City of Carlsbad has approximately forty (40) accounting funds comprised of sixty (60) departments and nine (9) bank accounts. It is the mission of the Finance Department to provide excellent service of the highest quality to every person in a courteous and professional manner.

Notice: The City of Carlsbad implements rate increases or decreases for Water & Sewer, and Solid Waste annually in October. The October 2016 adjustment was 1.25%. Rate increases or decreases are determined by calculating the July average, of the last 5 years, of the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers (CPI-U). Further information regarding Water & Sewer, and Solid Waste Rates can be found at, by calling Customer Service at 575-887-1191, or visiting City Hall at 101 N. Halagueno.

The City of Carlsbad is required by Section 6-6-2 NMSA 1978 to submit an interim budget, for approval, to the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration by June 1 of each year. A final budget, for approval, is required to be submitted by July 31 of each year. Adjustments to the final budget must be approved by both the City Council and the Department of Finance and Administration. Quarterly reports must be submitted to the Department of Finance and Administration as well.

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