The Department of Finance will continue to deliver essential County services to residents throughout the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As of 8:00 am on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, non-emergency County offices and facilities will be closed to the public until further notice. Operations will continue through teleworking eligible employees and alternative payment and document processing. Click here for more information.
Pursuant to County Executive Order 2020-03 suspending the effect of legal and procedural deadlines, relevant civil citation procedures in Title 24 of the Howard County Code were suspended. Similarly, the County suspended all general collection procedures. County Executive Order 2020-04 delegates authority to department directors to reimpose deadlines, due dates, times of default and other periods of time if re-imposition of the deadline is necessary for continuity of effective government operations, is in the best interest of the County and its citizens, and may be done without endangering public health, safety and welfare.
The Director of the Department of Finance administers the deadlines and time periods in Howard County Code sections 24.108 and 24.109, which concern the processing of civil citations issued by many County departments. The Director of Finance also administers the general collection procedures of the County. The Director of Finance finds that the re-imposition of the deadlines and time periods in 24.108 and 24.109 related to civil citations and all of the due dates for bill payments administered by the Department of Finance are necessary for continuity of effective government operations, is in the best interest of the County and its citizens, and may be done without endangering public health, safety and welfare. Therefore, the deadlines, due dates, times of default, and other relevant time periods are re-imposed as of June 30, 2020.
The Department of Finance serves many different customers. This includes residents, businesses, other County agencies, taxpayers, homeowners, County employees, retirees, bond holders, and investors.
Providing excellent customer service, is a key goal in the Finance Department's Mission Statement and includes giving compassionate, friendly and efficient service at all times. The purpose of this web site is to assist our customers to quickly find current and accurate information; however, we continue to encourage phone calls, correspondence or in-person visits to the Finance Department to resolve any issues or take care of business.
Use the following links to access additional information regarding services provided by the Department of Finance:
General Information including hours of operation, maps and directions
Contact Information including emails and phone numbers for various services
Financial Information including Audit Information, Bond Information, Municipal Advisor Disclosure and Investment Information
Accounts Payable Information including …
Billings & Payment Information including Real and Personal Property Tax, Water & Sewer Billing, Miscellaneous Billing, Recordation Tax, Tax Credits and Tax Sale
Financial Forms including Account Payable, County Obligations "Lien Certifications" and Tax Sale Forms
Frequently Asked Questions