Finance department

The Finance department consists of the Assessment office, the Tax Claim and Revenue office, and General Accounting.

Jim Sparber is the director of the department, which operates under the county executive.

The Assessment office, which is supervised by Scott Maas, works to accurately and uniformly assess all real estate in Erie County. The office implements tax programs and provides assessment information to the county’s 38 municipalities and 13 school districts.

The Tax Claim and Revenue office, which is supervised by Steven Letzelter, collects delinquent taxes for the county as well as for school districts, the city of Erie and various townships and boroughs. The office also disburses funds to taxing authorities and conducts tax sales. In addition, the office issues various licenses, including dog licenses, hunting and fishing licenses, and licenses for bingo and small games of chance.

The General Accounting office, which is supervised by Sue Ellen Pasquale, records the financial operations of the county. This includes preparing the annual county budget, managing the payment of invoices, processing payroll, and collecting and disbursing gaming revenue.

Did you know? The county’s financial budget and spending data is available for the public to view online in a new, user-friendly platform.