Contact Info

Rosa R. Verner

Bamberg County Auditor

Courthouse Annex

1234 North Street

Post Office Box 179
Bamberg, South Carolina 29003
Phone: (803) 245-3006
Fax: (803) 245-3199
vernerrr@bambergcounty.sc.gov

 

Auditor’s Office

Mission:

To ensure that all taxpayers are equally and fairly taxed in Accordance with South Carolina Law and regulations as established by South Carolina Department of Revenue.

 

Responsibilities:

Assembles the information of Real Estate and Personal Property ownership for the purpose of establishing a fair market value. Computes the assessed value, and applies the county millage rate to produce revenue collected by the County Treasurer. Functions performed in the Auditor's Office which are used to assemble the above information include:

 

  • Administers all phases of the Motor Vehicle Property Tax Law in accordance with the South Carolina Department of Revenue.
  • Verifies exemptions on vehicles, real estate and other property as allowed by law.
  • Responsible for certifying and allowing exemptions as specified by Soldiers and Sailors Relief Act.
  • Responsible for calculating manufacturer's exemptions certified by Department of Revenue.
  • Processes vehicle property tax refunds when allowed by law.
  • Processes high mileage and appraisal appeals on vehicle taxes.
  • Files abstracts and reports with the Department of Revenue and other agencies.
  • Assists county, schools, municipalities with assessed values to determine levies needed to generate funds to operate for budget year.
  • Assists attorneys, Department of Social Services, Probate Court, and general public with property tax information.
  • Maintains permanent duplicate descriptive document of all tax accounts listing property owner, property identification, tax/school districts, assessed valuations, appropriate tax levies and tax revenues.
  • Receives tax returns annually on all local businesses under auditor's jurisdiction.
  • Audits local business property tax returns and ascertains non-returned property, applying appropriate penalties for failure to file.
  • Processes all certifications on manufacturers, business personal, utilities, railroads, aircraft, boats and motors.
  • Processes all changes to real estate tax records and maintains records for those.
  • Processes all "advance payment mobile homes" and keeps documentation on those.
  • Responsible for Homestead Exemption program for those over 65 years or anyone who is declared by a state agency to be permanently and totally disabled.
  • Gathers data from Vital Statistics and other sources to keep Homestead Exemption accounts current.
  • Maintains proper taxing districts on all taxable property.
  • Must be knowledgeable of all property tax laws and changes to the laws as passed each year by legislature.
  • Works closely with the County Treasurer, County Tax Assessor, County Tax Collector to maintain fair and impartial property system.
  • Works with S.C. Department of Natural Resources, S.C. Department of Revenue and S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles.

 

The County Auditor is a member of the Jury Commission and a member of the Forfeited Land Commission as prescribed by law.

BAMBERG COUNTY COVID-19 UPDATES

Bamberg County Clerk of Court is adjusting operations until further notice. The public is encouraged to use phone calls, email, mail, or online services to conduct business with the Clerk of Court's office during the outbreak. Call 803-245-3025 for more information
 
Bamberg County Probate Court is closed to in-office visitors until further notice. The staff is still working but not accepting in-office visitors. Please call 803-245-3008 for more information.

Bamberg County DSS/DHHS is closed to in-office visitors until further notice. Employees are still in the office and can assist via phone (803) 245-4363 or email BambergWebsite@dss.sc.gov
 
Bamberg County Detention Center is suspending all visitation to inmates until April 30, 2020. Any questions should be directed to the Bamberg County Detention Center at 803-245-3020. 
 
Bamberg County Magistrate court is suspending jury trials until further notice. The Bamberg County Magistrate announced there are no changes with bond hearings. Any questions should be directed to the Magistrate's office at 803-245-3016.

Bamberg County General Sessions and Family Court are canceled until further notice. Jurors do not need to report to court. 
 
Per Governor Henry McMaster, all elections scheduled for March and April are postponed, including the City of Bamberg's special election on April 7, 2020. Bamberg County candidate filing will open at noon on March 16 and will close at noon on March 30. Please call the Bamberg County Voter Registration and Elections Office at 803-245-3028 with questions.
 
The ABBE Regional Library System will close all library buildings until April 5 with continuing evaluation.  Due dates on library materials will be extended and book drops will remain open. Any fines incurred during this period will be waived. Pick up deadlines for materials on hold will be extended. To learn more, please visit our Digital Branch Library at https://www.abbe-lib.org/digital/
 
The Bamberg County Office on Aging is no longer providing meals at their location on Log Branch Road in Bamberg. All meals will be delivered to homes with appropriate safety measures. The senior center is closed to the public but medical transportation is still available. Please call 803-245-3021 for more information.
 
These changes are to ensure public and staff safety during the COVID-19 outbreak. The public is encouraged to call, email, or use the drive-through Treasurer's window, or online services via the Bamberg County website (www.bambergcounty.sc.gov) rather than attend offices in-person, whenever possible and practical. For more information, email info@bambergcounty.sc.gov or call 803-245-5191, or check the COVID-19 webpage on this site: http://www.bambergcountysc.gov/covid-19-updates