The Financial Administration’s primary responsibility is to ensure that the Borough’s finances are managed in accordance with Federal, State and Local laws and regulations. Included in these duties is responsibility for the annual audit and the Borough’s compliance with generally accepted accounting and financial reporting procedures. The office is further charged with overall responsibility for the Borough’s system of internal controls and the prevention of waste, fraud and misuse. A significant recognition of the office’s success in these efforts is its receipt of the annual Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting issued by the Government Finance Officers’ Association (GFOA).
Other duties assigned to this office include preparation and ongoing, daily control of the government’s budget, as well as responsibility for all cash management and investment procedures, preparation of the Capital Improvements Plan, and processing the Borough’s payroll and accounts payable functions. In addition, the office is primarily responsible for the Borough’s customer service efforts which include receiving and resolving citizen problems and complaints, in particular those regarding water and sewer utility services.
The Finance Department is responsible for the billing and collection of water and sewer revenues as generated by the users of the system. Water and sewer charges are established by Borough Council and are designed to equitably distribute the costs of operating the water and sewer systems among users. The Finance Department also has the responsibility for billing and collection of some 10 accounts representing customers of the Carlisle Municipal Water Authority who live outside the Borough limits. Additionally, these employees schedule all work and prepare work orders for Utility Department customer service calls.