The Finance Department is responsible for maintaining the Town's accounting and reporting system in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). The department also records receipts and disbursements of Town funds as prescribed by North Carolina General Statue 159. Department activities include payroll, property and liability insurance, purchasing, debt administration, and budgeting.


The Finance Department works to develop fiscal policies that ensure a financially strong and effective Town government and responsibly manage and supervise the overall financial position of the Town, while providing timely, accurate, clear and complete information and support to other departments, elected officials and citizens.

  • The Finance Department provides management of the Town funds and investments and is regulated by the Local Government Budget and Fiscal Control Act.
    • The department ensures the Town’s accounting and financial reporting systems are in compliance with Government Accounting Standards, Generally Accepted Accounting Standards and guidelines issued by the Local Government Commission.
    • They also assist the Town Manager with oversight and management of the annual budget. Information on the annual Budget & Audits is available.
    • The finance staff provides assistance for citizens with utility billing and customer service. 

Other functions include:

  • Utility Billing and Collection
  • Property Tax Billing and Collection
  • Payroll
  • Accounts Payable
  • Prepare reports required by State and Federal Agencies
  • General Accounting for the Town

Tax Billing & Collections

Effective with the 2014 Tax Year, the Town of Beaufort contracted Carteret County to bill and collect real and personal property taxes. Contact information for Carteret County is Lori D. Tupper, Billing & Collection Manager, 302 Courthouse Square, Beaufort, NC  28516, (252) 728-8485. Tax Information and payments online:

Unpaid Prior Taxes for the tax years 2004 through 2013 will continue to be collected by the Town of Beaufort at Town Hall. Contact Christi Wood, Finance Director, 701 Front St, Beaufort, NC  28516, (252) 728-2141, or c.wood [at] for more details.