As the town's accounting and fiscal watchdog, the Surfside Beach Finance Department supervises town spending, keeps the town's books, and maintains accounting controls over the other town departments.
The Finance Department administers the spending of town, A-tax and Hospitality funds. All payrolls for town employees, vouchers for bills owed by the town, and interdepartmental payments between agencies are submitted to the Finance Department for processing. The Finance Department examines all payments to ensure they are properly authorized by officials, that funds are available to cover them, and that they are properly classified in the town's accounting system.
Fiscal transparency is essential to sound government. Public officials are usually more accountable when spending is done in the open because they know their actions will be subject to public scrutiny. Citizens have a right to know where their hard-earned tax dollars are going.