Know Your County Government
Know Your County Auditor
ISACA Iowa State Association of County Auditors
County Auditors in Iowa are elected officials with a variety of duties and responsibilities. Some of these activities differ from county to county based on size, tradition and local preference.
All County Auditors
Conduct voter registration and elections
Keep maps and records of property ownership
Calculate property taxes
Pay the county’s bills
Process cigarette licenses & beer and liquor permits for unincorporated areas of the county
Most County Auditors
Act as the clerk to the Board of Supervisors, keeping the minutes of their meetings
Prepare and maintain county budgets
Handle county payroll and personnel matters
Prepare, maintain & report on county finance
Some County Auditors
Oversee courthouse maintenance
Act as notaries public
Go to your County Auditor’s Office for
Absentee ballot requests
County Auditors closely interact with other governmental offices.
Counties, cities, school districts and other forms of government rely heavily on local property taxes to provide services to the public. County Auditors compile budget data from all jurisdictions that levy property taxes to determine the taxes paid by each property owner.
County Recorders provide Auditors with information on real estate transactions so that the Auditor can keep accurate plat maps and property transfer records.
County Assessors determine the value of each parcel of property in the county and pass these values to Auditors for the computation of tax rates and individual tax amounts.
The Auditor passes the tax list to the County Treasurer, who collects the taxes for all property taxing bodies.
The Auditor works with the Iowa Departments of Management and Revenue and the State Auditor regarding tax and finance matters.
The Auditor works closely with the Iowa Secretary of State regarding elections and voter registration.