City of Marion

Welcome to Finance

The Finance Department is responsible for administering the City's financial policies and procedures, maintaining the City's sound financial condition, collection of revenues and tax billing, and directing the City human resources and insurance activities.

The Finance Department consists of the Finance Director, Assistant Finance Director, Human Resources Administrator, Tax Collector, and Collections Clerks. These personnel perform financial management functions including financial accounting, investments, payroll, maintenance of personnel records, hiring, revenue collections, and financial reporting to the City Manager, department heads, and State and Federal agencies.

The City manages several grant projects and capital projects outside the annual budget. The Finance Department works with the City’s auditors each year in the preparation of financial statements and the annual audit.

Water and sewer payments must be received in the Utility Billing Department no later than 5:00pm on the 15th day of each month to avoid a late fee. Please note that a lost or undelivered bill does not excuse a late payment. If a bill is not paid by the 25th of the month, an additional penalty will be applied, and service is subject to disconnection. If service is disconnected, a reconnection fee will be charged to reestablish service. Delinquent accounts where the water has been turned off shall not have such services restored until such delinquent account, including all penalties, has been paid in full.

The Tax Collector collects property taxes on real and personal property within the City Limits. For further information, please contact the Tax Collector at (828) 652-3551. Business registration licenses are required for all businesses operating or doing business within the City, except where exempted by State law. For further information, please contact the Tax Collector at (828) 652-3551.

Financial information from the City of Marion's annual financial statements for the past few years can be found at the NC Department of State Treasurer website or by clicking here and going to our Document Repository.

Finance Documents

Contact

Julie Scherer, CPA
Finance Director
JScherer@marionnc.org

Dawn Penland
Assistant Finance Director
dpenland@marionnc.org

Street Address
194 North Main Street
Marion, NC 28752

US Mail Address
P.O. Drawer 700
Marion, NC 28752-0700

Phone: (828) 652-3551
Fax: (828) 652-1983

Office Hours
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday

Tax Collection

The City of Marion Tax Collector works under the administrative direction of the Finance Director. The primary responsibility of the Tax Collector is the billing for and collection of all tax money due the city, as well as the enforcement of timely payments and delivery delinquency notices.

Property Taxes

Tax bills are mailed annually in August, and are due on the first day of September. If payments are not received by the fifth of January the account will become delinquent. New property owners who do not receive a tax bill are encouraged to contact the Tax Collector to obtain a copy. Please also notify the Tax Collector of any mailing address changes. A lost or undelivered bill does not excuse a late payment.

Payment Options

For customer convenience, the City of Marion accepts payments in a number of ways. Cash or Check payments can be made in any one of the following ways:

  • In person at the Tax Collector counter located at City Hall, 194 N. Main Street between the hours of 9am and 5pm, Monday through Friday, except holidays
  • Through the City Hall drive-through located at City Hall, 194 N. Main Street between the hours of 9am and 5pm, Monday through Friday, except holidays
  • The drop box (checks only) located next to the drive-through window at City Hall during non-business hours
  • By mail to the City of Marion P.O. Drawer 700, Marion, NC 28752

The City of Marion also accepts Visa and Master Card debit or credit cards in person at City Hall. A checkout fee is charged for the use of credit or debit cards. The City does not accept debit or credit cards over the phone or on-line at this time.

Contact

Brett Moore
Tax Collector
bmoore@marionnc.org

Street Address
194 North Main Street
Marion, NC 28752

US Mail Address
P.O. Drawer 700
Marion, NC 28752-0700

Phone: (828) 652-3551
Fax: (828) 652-1983

Office Hours
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday

Utility Services

The City of Marion is responsible for providing water and/or sewer service to the community. To establish a new service or if you have questions regarding a bill you are encouraged to call the Utility Billing Department at (828)652-3551, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Establishing New Service

To establish water and/or sewer services with the City of Marion please visit the Utility Billing Department in City Hall. A deposit is required prior to establishing water and/or sewer service. Click here for current water and sewer rates.

Please note that all new non-residential service requires zoning approval. For zoning verification please contact the Zoning Administrator in the Planning and Development Department at (828)652-3551.

The Water-Sewer Tap Connection Application is required when a new water/sewer connection is being established for service.

All new service outside the City requires approval by City Council and submission of a request for annexation by the property owner. Tap fees, cost recovery charges, a deposit, and other applicable fees must be paid prior to receipt of water or sewer service where service does not currently exist.

Click here to see the City's requirements concerning backflow prevention and cross connection control.

Payment And Billing Information

Water and sewer bills are mailed the first of each month. If you do not receive your water/sewer bill by the fifth (5th) day of the month, please contact the Utility Billing Department at (828)652-3551.

How Can I Pay My Bill?

For customer convenience, the City of Marion accepts payments in a number of ways. Cash or Check payments can be made in any one of the following ways:

  • In person at the Utility Billing Department counter located at City Hall, 194 N. Main Street between the hours of 9am and 5pm, Monday through Friday, except holidays
  • Through the Utility Billing Department drive-through located at City Hall, 194 N. Main Street between the hours of 9am and 5pm, Monday through Friday, except holidays
  • The Utility Billing Department drop box (checks only) located next to the drive-through window at City hall during non-business hours
  • By mail, to the City of Marion P.O. Drawer 700, Marion, NC 28752
  • By establishing automatic bank draft.

The City of Marion also accepts Visa and Master Card debit or credit cards in person at City Hall. A checkout fee is charged for the use of credit or debit cards. The City does not accept debit or credit cards over the phone or on-line at this time.

Late Payment

Payment must be received in the Utility Billing Department no later than 5:00pm on the 15th day of each month to avoid a late fee. Please note that a lost or undelivered bill does not excuse a late payment. If a bill is not paid by the 25th of the month, an additional penalty will be applied, and service is subject to disconnection. If service is disconnected, a reconnection fee will be charged to reestablish service. Delinquent accounts where the water has been turned off shall not have such services restored until such delinquent account, including all penalties, has been paid in full.

Purchasing

The Purchasing Department is responsible for the purchasing and warehousing of supplies for the different City departments. The City has a centralized purchasing system which provides for purchase of items used by all City departments. Items are purchased in large quantities to take advantage of savings. Items are stored at the warehouse and resold in smaller quantities to departments needing such items. Purchase of items to be resold is performed through the City’s Internal Service Fund, which is designed to be self-supporting.

The Purchasing Department also handles City contracts, procurement of services, and assists departments with preparing informal and formal bid notices.

The Purchasing Department is composed of the Purchasing Agent and a Warehouse Clerk. Brenda Williams serves as the City’s Purchasing Agent.

Vendors are seen at the City Warehouse by appointment.

The City sells surplus property through the on-line auction sevice, GovDeals. Please visit www.govdeals.com to see items listed for sale.

Contact

Brenda Williams
Purchasing Agent
bwilliams@marionnc.org

Street Address
94 Shop Drive
Marion, NC 28752

US Mail Address
P.O. Drawer 700
Marion, NC 28752-0700

Phone: (828) 652-6151
Fax: (828) 652-6622

Office Hours
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday