Balancing the Accounts

The Finance Department is responsible for administering the City’s financial policies and procedures which include: accounts payable, accounts receivable, annual audit process, annual budget preparation, cash and investment management, financial reporting, and business licenses, and building permitting. The department establishes and maintains an accounting and reporting system in accordance with State and Federal laws, and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. 

The Finance Department consists of the Finance Director, Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable clerks. We strive to provide the highest attainable level of citizen-employee service while managing all aspects of the town’s finances.

Finance Department Staff

Finance Director           Jerry Baker                        

Accounts Payable         Debbie Watkins  
Building Permits 

Accounts Receivable     Gail Harrell        
Business Licenses

Annual Audit

State law requires all municipalities, regardless of population or budget size, to submit a financial audit to the state Treasurer’s office within 13 months of the end of that municipality’s fiscal year.

An audit must include all financial records and transactions of the municipality and any agency funded in whole by the municipality plus a report that includes the recording, collection, and distribution of applicable court fines.

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