The Finance Department is responsible for development, preparation, and control of the Town's budget in conjunction with the Town Manager and the individual departments throughout the Town. The department is also in charge of accounting and financial reporting, investment of Town funds, purchasing of all Town goods and services, processing payroll, as well as water and sewer billing.
It is the mission of the Finance Department to show that we are worthy of the trust that Salem has placed on us. Integrity and honesty are the foundation on which trustworthiness is built. This will be done by managing public finances honestly and transparently. The Finance Department will exercise prudence in the management of public funds; disclose the information needed for local officials and the public to understand the financial condition of their community, uphold the letter and the spirit of the law, and avoid conflicts of interest.
It is our mission to do high quality work, exercise good judgment, and be fair, accurate, reliable, and consistent.