The Richland County Finance Office is responsible for maintaining the fiscal integrity of the County’s financial records. This office reports the results of the County’s operations and changes in its financial position to various interested parties such as state and federal grantors, regulatory agencies, and concerned taxpayers.
Functions and Responsibilities of this office include:
- Accounts Payable – Provide payment for invoices to county vendors.
- Financial Statements
- County’s Budget
- Payroll Processing – Process and maintain employee time records and issue employee payroll checks.
- Accounts Receivable – Collections and payment processing for Water, Sewer, landfill, Retiree Insurance, and Employee Parking.
2020 Hampton Street
4th Floor Room 4036
Columbia, SC 29201
Post Office Box 192
Columbia, SC 29202
M-F 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Accounts Receivable: 803-576-2100
Water & Sewer Questions: 803-576-2094
Accounts Payable: 803-576-2093
In November 2016, County Council voted to switch from an annual to a two-year – or biennial – budget cycle to more actively measure the performance of the County’s programs to ensure residents are receiving high-quality services that meet their needs. The County’s first biennial budget begins July 1, 2017 for the FY18-FY19 period, and ends June 30, 2019.
The County budget is the single most important document Richland County Council uses to oversee the delivery of services, programs and resources to Richland County residents. By state law, the County must approve a balanced budget prior to July 1. Richland County’s fiscal year is July 1-June 30.
The budget is officially adopted by Council as the financial plan for the County after months of preparation and review. Before the budget is adopted, Richland County Council holds a public hearing at which residents can make comments, ask questions and address concerns related to the budget.
Click here to learn more about Richland County’s biennial budget. To view an interactive Budget Dashboard that show current revenues and expenditures, click here.
For your payment and convenience, water and sewer usage fees, retiree insurance premiums , landfill tipping charges and monthly parking charges, can now be paid via credit card by clicking the online payment button found below. Please note that a portal fee of $1.00 plus 1.7% of the amount being paid will be added to your charge and your payment may not be reflected in your account for up to three business days.
Richland County makes grant opportunities available to non-profit organizations that serve the County and meet the specific grant program criteria. Visit our Grants page for details.
If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Steven Gaither, Grants Manager at: 803.576.1514