The Athens Finance Department directs financial operations and internal management activities of Athens-Clarke County government. It collects, processes, advises, informs, monitors, analyzes, coordinates and reports financial information and management data to ensure economical use of public resources. Some of the specific areas handled by the finance department include accounts payable and receivable, alcohol and business licenses, budget, and purchasing and bids. It is located in Athens, Ga., and is one of the departments of Athens-Clarke County, which also operates fire and emergency services, economic development, police, human resources and public utilities departments. The county s fire and emergency services division offers fire prevention and suppression and rescue services.