FAQ - General Questions

What Is The Difference Between The County Clerk And The Clerk/Treasurer?
The Clerk Treasurer is an elected official of the city of Columbus who is responsible for official city records. The County Clerk is an elected official of Bartholomew County who is responsible for county-wide voting registration and elections procedures, all county court records, child support and alimony payments, and marriage licenses. The County Clerk's office is in the County Courthouse and the Clerk Treasurer's office is in City Hall.

What Is The Difference Between The County Treasurer And The Clerk/Treasurer?
The County Treasurer is an elected official of Bartholomew County who is responsible for the collection of and management of funds resulting from county property tax assessments. The Treasurer's office is in the County Building located at the corner of 3rd and Franklin Streets. The Columbus Clerk Treasurer is the chief financial officer for the City of Columbus and thus manages all public funds within the city's jurisdiction.

Do I Contact The Clerk Treasurer's Office For City Permits And Licenses?
It depends upon the type of license or permit. Zoning compliance certificates can be secured through the City Planning Offices at City Hall. The Office of Building and Zoning located in the Bartholomew county offices at Third and Franklin handles building permits. Taxicab licenses, itinerate merchant permits, and sexually oriented businesses can contact the Police Department in order to learn what to do to comply with city ordinances.

How Can I Acquire Public Records From The City?
Some records are available for inspection at the Clerk/Treasurer's office in City Hall. If you need a record that requires some research on the part of the staff, then a written request that specifies what you want will expedite your request and some time may be required to access the record. There could be a minimal charge per page for copies of large documents.

To Whom Is The Office Of The Clerk/Treasurer's Responsible?
The Clerk/Treasurer is responsible to the voters of Indiana. The Clerk/Treasurer is an elected official of the City of Columbus. As such, he operates independently of other elected officials. However, because of the fiduciary nature of the job, it is particularly important that the Clerk Treasurer's office comply with all federal, state and local statutes. The Clerk Treasurer and the State of Indiana through the office of the State Board of Accounts is responsible for assuring that all city departments are also in compliance with such.

How Can A Company Become A Bidder For Products And Services?
The City of Columbus will advertise for bids and quotes on many items two times prior to purchases. These legal ads usually appear in the Friday editions of the Republic newspaper. 

 

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