Their main objective is to provide efficient quality services to all of our customers in a professional manner, whether they are residents of the city, businesses operating within the city limits or staff members from other departments within the City of Bridgeport.
It is the goal of the Finance Department to complete this task in accordance with the standards established by the Governmental Finance Auditor's Association of the United States, West Virginia state law and Bridgeport Municipal Code. This Department works in three main areas of the City's financial operations:
Employees in the department of General Governmental Financial Operations perform work in the areas of budgeting, purchasing, accounts payable and grant management. Bridgeport City Council approves budgets for the general, water, sewer and cemetery funds. The department manages these line item budges through a purchase order system. It is the City's policy to pay all vendors within thirty days of an approved invoice. Employees in this area also provide grant management for various city grants.
Employees working in the Business Tax and Licensing department are responsible for helping businesses obtain a city license and insuring the remittance of business and occupational tax on gross income received from operating within the city limits. There are currently 2,054 businesses that are licensed and pay taxes to the City. Quarterly tax returns are due 30 days from the end of each quarter.
Employees working in the Utility Billing and Cash collections department currently provide billing and collecting to approximately 5,251 accounts. Monthly bills are mailed to customers for water, sewer and fire fees.
Additional information regarding budgets, utility sign up, licensing and taxes may be found by following the appropriate links.
The budget of the City of Bridgeport is a reflection of the City policies, goals, and priorities. It communicates to citizens and staff what resource allocation decisions have been made, including those involving staffing, equipment, and program priorities. It also serves to communicate to citizens and staff an action plan for the upcoming fiscal year.
City administration starts meeting with City Council in March to begin budget discussions. Check the City's agendas to attend any of the public budget meetings.
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Who needs a Business License?
Bridgeport City Council passed an ordinance effective July 1, 2009 which charges the type of license required to do a business in Bridgeport under the new ordinance. All person(s) performing construction activities, furnishes real property for lease or rent for any purpose, and/or conducts activity for income are required to obtain a Municipal Registration Certificate.
How do I get a Business License?
How do I sign up for water & sewer service?
Information regarding Water & Sewer Services may be found here. For more information please call 304-842-8220.
Is there a charge if my service was disconnected?
When service has been disconnected for non-payment of bills a disconnection fee of $25.00 shall be charged; or in the event the delinquent bill is collected by the city in the field, an administrative fee of $25.00 shall be charged. A $25.00 reconnection fee will be assessed for each occurrence where service to customers is restored, after service has been terminated for non-payment of bills. Reconnection after hours (Monday-Friday after 4pm, anytime on holidays and weekends) an additional $25.00 fee shall apply.
Who do I contact when I have a question about my Ambulance Bill?
For more information, please contact Rebecca Deem at 304-842-8253.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept, cash, check, money order, card transactions, and online payments (Utility Payments only). Please note payment with a card or online will include a transaction fee.
Staff / Hours of Operation
Finance Director: Sharon Hinkle
Assistant Finance Director: Kathy Yost
Tax & Licensing Manager: Becky Deem
Utility Billing Manager: Amy Kelley
Monday-Friday 7:30 A.M. - 4 P.M.
515 W. Main Street
Bridgeport, West Virginia 26330