The Department of Finance is responsible for identifying and managing the financial resources of the Township of Bernards in a most efficient and effective manner. The Department is structured with four divisions, each of which is managed by a subject-matter expert who reports to the Chief Financial Officer.
In addition to overseeing the four divisions, the Chief Financial Officer is responsible for the development, organization and management of all of the processes and procedures relative to all financial activities of the Township including budget, debt, cash management, and reporting.
The Treasurer is responsible for the development, implementation and supervision of all processes and procedures relative to the receipt, disbursement, and reporting of Township funds.
The Treasurer manages all processes and workflows involved in the accurate and timely disbursing of funds through payroll and accounts payable, the receiving of funds, cash flow, and the transferring of funds. This involves the maintenance of bank reconciliations, books of original entry, general ledgers; the preparation of financial reports on budgetary and non-budgetary financial activities as well as federal and state reporting. The Treasury Division also supports the financial functions of the Sewerage Authority.
Three full-time staff members support the Treasury operations.
Tax Assessment Division
The Assessor is responsible for identifying and placing a value on every parcel of land within the confines of the Township's borders.
Tax Collection Division
The Tax Collector is responsible for the billing, collection and reporting of taxes and sewer user charges for all non-exempt Township properties.
The Purchasing Agent is responsible for the development, implementation and supervision of all processes and procedures relative to the purchasing of personal property and services for the Township, disposal of obsolete and/or surplus personal property, and the fixed assets inventory. This involves the establishment of policies to enforce municipal, state, and federal purchasing regulations. The Purchasing Agent serves as Resource Management Officer in accordance with the Emergency Management Plan, and as Public Agency Compliance Officer in accordance with N.J.A.C. 17:27-3.5.