billpayer-in-chief, your county auditor approves or rejects county agencies’
check requests to make sure that your tax dollars are spent properly. Your
county auditor sees to it that federal and local taxes are distributed
where they should go – to support schools, libraries, parks, seniors,
and other services that you care about.
We keep the checkbook
Your county auditor is the county’s bookkeeper, producing financial reports
for local, state and federal government that elected officials use to make
decisions about spending priorities.
We appraise real estate
It is the county auditor’s duty to appraise the value of every home and
business to ensure that your property taxes are fair based on the tax rate
authorized by the voters in your county.
What we don’t do
A common misconception arising from our title is that the County Auditor
has the responsibility to “audit” the financial activities of other county
offices. Although the Auditor’s Office examines requests for payments of
bills for compliance with public purposes, and audits payroll to policies
or union contracts, state law doesn’t grant the County Auditor any authority
to audit the internal financial management activities of any other county
office, including cash on hand. Those duties are assigned by law to the
Auditor of State.