The Columbia County Finance Department is responsible for tax collection, accounting services and financial administration of the county including payroll, budgets and accounts payable.
Finance Department staff provide the Board of Commissioners and departments with financial information, forecasting, program and financial analysis, as well as ensure that budget processes comply with applicable laws. The department is responsible for the county's annual budget, and for helping departments prepare and administer their individual budgets.The budget covers all major operating functions of the County as well as elected and administrative functions.
Specific functions of the Finance Department include:
The six-member Budget Committee reviews the county’s proposed annual budget as well as the budget for the Columbia County Development Agency. Before approval, committee members hold a hearing to listen to public comment, make possible changes to the proposed budget, and provide advice and direction to county department leaders. The committee typically meets two to three times annually from April through June, and is made up of the three county commissioners and an equal number of county residents. Members generally have a financial or budgeting background and must live in Columbia County, be registered to vote and may not be employees, officers or agents of the county.
Columbia County Budget Documents
A public meeting of the Columbia County Board of Commissioners will be held on June 16, 2021 at 5:00 p.m at the Courthouse Annex Meeting Room, 230 Strand St., St. Helens, Oregon and on June 17, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. at the Cabin Vernonia 901 Park Drive Vernonia, Oregon. The purpose of these meetings is to discuss the budget for the fiscal beginning July 1, 2021 as approved by the Columbia County Budget Committee. A summary of the budget is presented below. A copy of the budget may be inspected or obtained at 230 Strand Street in St Helens, between the hours a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. This budget is for an annual budget period. This budget was prepared basis of accounting that is the same as used the preceding year. This meeting will be conducted in person, digitally https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/129709213 and by phone 1-(866)-899-4679 access code 129-709-213.
FY2021-2022 Columbia County Budget Hearing