Tupelo’s Finance Department serves as the office of the City Clerk under the State Statue, responsible for all ordinances, contracts, purchases, budgets and collections of funds. The Finance Department oversees a $128 million dollar budget and maintains the following funds in accordance with State law:
- General Fund
- Special Revenue Fund
- Debt Service Funds
- Enterprise Funds
- Self Insurance Fund
- Capital Project Funds
The Finance Department prepares monthly financial reports for the Water & Light Department, as well as the City Funds as required by TVA and the State Department of Audit. We provide assistance regarding purchase laws and maintain all contracts and purchasing files under State and Federal guidelines. The Finance Department is also responsible for projecting Tax Revenue and recommending the tax millage each year for the City Council to approve.
Also under the direction of the Finance Department is the City of Tupelo Tax Department. This department is responsible for all tax collections that come into the City. The City at the present time is under agreement with Lee County to collect our taxes; however, we are responsible for settling these taxes to the proper accounts.
We also collect any delinquent taxes that are owed to the City. The Tax Department issues and maintains records on Privilege License and Voter Rolls. The Tax office is responsible for holding City elections every 4 years or any special election that might arise. This department also issues carport sale permits to residents and answers any questions that fall under these areas.
Another division of the Finance Department is Information Technology. They maintain and support all City departments. Some of the duties include maintaining and supporting servers, personal computers, wide area network, virus protection, e-mail and internet access and electronic filing (i.e. W-2’s, 1099’s, PERS Retirement, and Deferred Comp). Also provides information on requests, such as Business Licenses and Voter lists. Without the continual progress our Information Technology team provides the City of Tupelo, we would not have the successful electronic operation we enjoy.