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Department of Fiscal Affairs

The purpose of the Department of Fiscal Affairs is to develop the County's budgets and financial plans and to develop and maintain control over all aspects of the County's financial and fiscal affairs and to provide central data processing services for all agencies of county government.

Fiscal Affairs Divisions


Fiscal Affairs - Financial Planning & Control - (610) 829-6134

The Financial Planning & Control division of the Department of Fiscal Affairs is responsible for coordinating programs and services provided by the department as well as the budgeting, accounting, reporting and analysis of the County's consolidated financial information. The division's goals are to provide clear, accurate and timely financial reporting as well as an annual budget, and a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report which meet Government Finance Officers Association certificate of achievement standards. The division also furnishes assistance to other departments pertaining to financial and accounting matters. Agencies prepare and submit to this division individual budgets and financial statements for their respective organization in accordance with County fiscal policies and procedures. Fiscal Affairs accountants review the information for reasonableness and compile it with information produced internally and by other agencies. The information is analyzed and summarized in the budget and budget message, five year operating and capital improvement plan and quarterly and annual reports. The division establishes fiscal policy, develops and maintains a fiscal procedures manual, maintains complete records of all County funds and accounts, and produces daily, weekly and monthly internal financial reports.  To view financial reports click here.
James W. Hunter Jr. - Director of Fiscal Affairs
Doran J. Hamann - Budget Administrator


Revenue Division (Current/Delinquent Taxes, Licenses) - (610) 829-6186

The Revenue division administers the billing and collection of all County revenue, including real estate tax, and oversees a system for collection of tax claims and liens. The goal of the division is to collect, safeguard and account for all funds received by the office in a cost effective manner utilizing computer technology and to provide prompt and courteous taxpayer assistance. For more information click here.
  Nancy Poplawski - Revenue Manager
             
Website for Northampton County Assessment Information         http://www.ncpub.org


Disbursements Division:

  Accounts Payable - (610) 829-6147 
                     Payroll -
 (610) 829-6150

The Disbursements division is responsible for administering the payroll and accounts payable systems of the County.
    Mary Alice Einfalt - Accounting Manager


Assessment Division - (610) 829-6155

The Assessment division is responsible for the development and certification of tax rolls for County, municipal and school district real property. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requires that the County maintain a uniform system of property valuation. It is also required that County assessors successfully complete a comprehensive training course in assessment theory and pass a certification examination within two years of employment as an assessor. After certification, all assessors must participate in continuing education programs to maintain their certification. For more information and to download appeal forms and instructions click here.
     Cheryl Johnson - Assessment Manager
   

Website for Northampton County Assessment Information         http://www.ncpub.org

Website for International Association of Assessing Officers         http://www.iaao.org

Website for Assessor's Association of Pennsylvania    
http://paassessors.org

Geographic Information System Division - (610) 829-6205

The Geographic Information System (GIS) is a computerized mapping system based upon the state's plane coordinate system. Layers of information concerning tax parcels, municipal and school district boundaries, soil types, woodland coverage, and flood plains are superimposed onto the plane coordinate map base. This information is used in determining neighborhood boundaries for property valuation and land pricing of agricultural parcels.
    Joe Laky - GIS Analyst

Effective Monday, July 22, 2013, new requirements are in effect for recording documents in the Recorder of Deeds Office and certifying parcel numbers in the GIS (Geographic Information System - Mapping) Office.  The County of Northampton reserves the right to reject a document for recording/parcel certification if these new requirements are not met.  Click here to review the ordinance and new requirements.



Website for Northampton County Assessment Information         http://www.ncpub.org

Interactive Tax Maps - https://gis.northamptoncounty.org/public/
GIS Interactive Map Gallery  - http://northampton.maps.arcgis.com/home/index.html

Procurement Division - (610) 829-6177

Procurement is the central purchasing division responsible for implementing procedures in accordance with the County's purchasing manual. The division's goal is to process purchase orders and contracts in a timely fashion. The purchasing manager recommends rules, ordinances, resolutions, and procedures governing procurement for adoption by County Council; administers the procurement system of the County in accordance with the Administrative Code; develops, maintains, and implements a manual of procurement procedures, and establishes and maintains a program for the development and use of procurement specifications and the inspection and testing of supplies. The division is responsible for acquiring goods, material and equipment for all County agencies. Procurement is also responsible for coordinating the internal recycling program and office equipment repair and maintenance contracts.

Kathryn Anderson  - Procurement Manager


Recorder of Deeds Division - (610) 829-6210

The Recorder of Deeds division is responsible for the recording, filing, imaging, retrieval and maintenance of deeds, mortgages, and miscellaneous papers filed in Northampton County. Documents are processed through the use of a stand-alone computerized recording system and are assigned a volume and page reference number. They are then imaged and automatically sent to retrieval stations for viewing and copying. All documents are microfilmed and available for public inspection. The office is responsible for collecting, recording, and disbursing fees and taxes on all property transfers.
    Andrea F. Suter - Recorder of Deeds

Effective Thuesday, November 20, 2014, new fee schedule in effect for recording documents in the Recorder of Deeds Office. Click here to review the fee schedule.

Effective Monday, July 22, 2013, new requirements are in effect for recording documents in the Recorder of Deeds Office and certifying parcel numbers in the GIS (Geographic Information System - Mapping) Office.  The County of Northampton reserves the right to reject a document for recording/parcel certification if these new requirements are not met.  Click here to review the ordinance and new requirements.

Click here for new fee schedule information

          
             Click here for Current Recorder of Deeds Fee Schedule

             Click here for Recording Fee Overpayments Notice
             Click here for a copy of the Recorder of Deeds Document Standards

Website for Northampton County Assessment Information         http://www.ncpub.org


Information Services Division - (610) 829-6111
 


Information Services provides computer support services to all departments within the County. The objective of the division is to enhance the productivity of the County’s operations while providing a safe and secure computing environment. All County sites are integrated with a dedicated high bandwidth LAN/WAN solution. Accessibility to applications and reporting can be accomplished transparently from any location.

Responsibilities include:

Responsibilities

Data Center Operations

Systems Development

Architectural Planning

Systems Maintenance

Software Implementation

Data Security

Disaster Recovery

Help Desk Support

Networks

Remote Computing

Vendor Management

Capacity Planning

Strategic direction for the County’s IS activity is provided by the Information Systems Governance Committee which represents the County’s management team. Needs are matched with technology directions and goals are established whereby the greatest benefit to County operations are given priority.
    Al Jordan - ACS Director of Information Services