This department's operations during the COVID-19 State of Emergency:
As of Monday, July 6, the Treasurer's Office is open to the public. Please note that we are closed from noon to 1 p.m. each day for cleaning.
Finance Department: (207) 443-8338
Treasurer's Office: (207) 443-8340
General Assistance Office: (207) 443-8335
The Finance Department receives and accounts for all funds paid to the City and disburses all funds for compensation to employees and services rendered to the City. The department is responsible for the following:
The Division of Collections and Treasury is responsible processing taxes and fees for both City and State. They handle tax collection, including excise taxes, property taxes, and personal property taxes. They process the fees, fines and dues for city departments including Police, Recreation, Landfill, School Departments and the Skatepark, as well as the Bath Water Districts’ liens and foreclosure payments.
They act as an agent for the Maine State Department of Motor Vehicles and Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. These duties include processing fees for licensing motor vehicle registrations (including cars, trucks, boats, ATVs, snowmobiles) and offering the State of Maine’s Rapid Renewal online registration through the city website.
The office works according to Maine Municipal laws to process liens, lien releases and foreclosures on municipal properties. They respond to routine calls from mortgage companies, law offices, banks and title researchers to provide status checks on property tax accounts.
The General Assistance Program is a State mandated, municipally administered financial assistance program. It was designed to be the program of "last resort" for residents of the community who are unable to provide for their basic needs (e.g. food, shelter, electricity). The City of Bath serves as the Regional General Assistance Office for residents of the City of Bath and the Town of West Bath. The City of Bath contracts with the Town of Brunswick for General Assistance Staffing and the GA office hours are Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.