The Finance Department is responsible for the administration, direction, and coordination of all financial services of the City involving financial planning, budgeting, treasury management, investments, purchasing, accounting, payroll, business licensing, insurance, and utility customer services.

    For additional information on any of the various functions performed by the Finance Department, click on the appropriate area below:

    AccountingFinancial Reports

    Accounts Payable – Processes payment of invoices for all fourteen City Departments.

    Administration & Financial Planning

    Budget Education Videos – Click here to learn the basic concepts of our budget process, how decisions are made and how you can get involved! 

    Business Licensing – Responsible for processing and issuing various licenses and permits upon proper investigation, and enforcing all alcoholic beverage and animal licensing laws as well as the cigarette and hotel/motel taxes and regulations.  Additional responsibilities include providing consumer protection against non-regulated operations in Columbia, and the inspection and enforcement of garage sales and special permits.  This Division also contacts businesses who are delinquent in sales tax payments to the State.

    Purchasing – Provides centralized control over the procurement of materials, equipment and services for all departments, offices and agencies of the City. Purchasing is responsible for setting standards and specifications for items to be purchased; for advertising and tabulation of bids; assisting departments in obtaining contracts for services; preparation and issuance of purchase orders, materials management; fixed asset inventory, and supervising the transfer or disposal of all surplus materials, supplies and equipment.

    Risk Management – The Risk Management Division manages the self-insurance reserve fund which provides coverage for City’s workers’ compensation, as well as property and casualty claims.   The Risk Manager, in conjunction with the City’s Safety Committee, works to identify safety training needs and to establish consistent City-wide safety policies and procedures.  Insurance coverage is reviewed in an effort to provide the City with the best protection at the most economical cost.

    Treasury Management – Treasury Management is responsible for the cash management and investment of all City funds.  This Division also oversees the cashiering operation which is responsible for collecting and processing utility bill payments. 

    Utility Customer Services – Provides accurate and timely billing for city utilities (electric, water. sewer, solid waste. storm water); handles inquiries and complaints in person and by phone; sets up payment arrangements for customers with delinquent bills, and provides information to customers needing utility assistance.

    Contact us:

    Department Phone Number Email Address
    John Blattel
    Finance Director
    (573) 874-7457

    Lynn Cannon
    Assistant Finance Director

    (573) 874-7333
    Janet Frazier
    (573) 874-7372
    Laura Peveler
    Budget Officer
    (573) 874-7541
    Bette Wordelman
    (573) 874-7369
    Will Holbart
    Purchasing Agent 
    (573) 874-7687
    Janice Finley
    Business Services Administrator
    (573) 874-7747
    Denise Clark
    Utility Accts Supervisor
    (573) 874-7458
    Sarah Perry
    Risk Manager
    (573) 874-7377