Finance & Customer Services Division


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New Billing Statements

The City has transitioned to different utility bill statements. See the picture below for an example of what your next bill will look like. We have also included a monthly newsletter with each bill so citizens can stay up-to-date with things going on with the City!

Here for You…

The Finance and Customer Service Division works to maintain the financial operations of the City. The department is also here to serve you. Our staff specializes in assisting with customer needs and directing concerns to other departments. Visit City Hall today or contact us through our Help Desk System for assistance. We can also be reached at (704) 629-5542.


photo-for-financeThe City of Bessemer City provides water, sewer, natural gas, garbage and recycling collection services to its citizens. We strive to maintain accurate utility bills and to assist customers with their billing questions. Utility bills are mailed on or about the 25th of each month and are due by the 10th of the following month. A late fee in the amount of 5% of the outstanding balance will be assessed on all unpaid accounts after the 10th. Services are subject to disconnection after the 15th if payment arrangements have not been made. Up to two (2) extensions are allowed per year for service payments at a fee of $5.00 each and arrangements MUST be made prior to the 15th. These extend the time allowed for payment without penalty to the end of the month.

To apply for new services, please visit City Hall.  An application can be obtained at City Hall or downloaded online.  An application can be submitted in advance by fax or email.  An activation fee of $40 is required prior to new services.  Valid photo identification, your social security card and a rental receipt or signed lease agreement with the exact service address is required. Once the application has been made, the deposit amount will be determined according to the schedule below. Deposits are not required of homeowners, but a copy of the Deed of Trust or Settlement Statement is required.

Utility Deposits

utility-depositsIf applicant does not have a credit score or does not provide a social security card, the Alert amount will apply. The credit score is obtained from Online Information Services and the City does not have specific knowledge or control of the actual credit score.

Utility Services Application Standard or Utility Services Application Landlord

Payment Options

  • In Office: Customer Service hours are 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday – Friday. Cash, check, money orders or branded debit and credit card (VISA, MasterCard and Discover) are accepted in the office.
  • After Hours Drop Box: A drop box is available outside City Hall. Envelopes are provided. Please make sure your name, address and account number is included with your payment.
  • Automatic Draft: The City offers Automatic Draft from your checking account on or around the 10th of each month prior to late fees being assessed. Contact the office to set this up.
  • Online Bill Pay: You can search your account, view your recent history and pay your bill using your branded debit or credit card (VISA, MasterCard and Discover) using the following link:

For home owner gas customers, the City offers “Budget Billing” – an equalized payment plan which spreads the cost of natural gas equally over an eleven (11) month period with catch up on month twelve (12).
Contact Customer Service for details on these payment options. Knowing your account number when you call will expedite service.

Report a Problem or Issue

All calls for services, assistance and complaints should be routed through the City’s Finance & Customer Service Division.  Work orders will be prepared and tracked. Call 704-629-5542 for all comments and complaints.


Diane Jenkins

Finance Director City of Bessemer CityAdministration Department: Finance & Customer Service Division
132 West Virginia Avenue Bessemer City, North Carolina 28016 704-629-5542

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