The office of the Auditor, Treasurer and Assessor must work together as a team. The sucess of these offices carrying out their duties are interdependent. These office must work closely with state agencies, the county commissioners, county council and each other to best serve the taxpayers. The auditor and treasurer act as a check and balance over the county's finances.
The auditors, a Constitutional Office, must wear many hats. The following attempts to categorize the most important duties within the office.
*The auditor serves as a secretary to the board of county commissioners and the clerk of the county council.
*Has the responsibility for keeping accounts and issuing checks for the county. As a result, the board of commissioners, the council and other officials often look to the auditor for day-to-day operational assistance, information and advice.
*Directly responsible for the preparing tax duplicates that show the value of property and taxes assessed against each taxpayer.
*After taxes are collected by the treasurer, the auditor distributes them to the governmental units and agencies for which they are collected.
*As part of the tax function, the auditor must also prepare plats that show the ownership and assessed valuation of each parcel in each township in the county. The plats must contain information prescribed by the Department of Local Government Finance and must be kept current.
*In keeping accounts and issuing warrants, the auditor must develop financial analysis and cash flow projections and assist with budget preparations. The auditor is the principal financial officer in the county government and is defined under IC 36-2-9-2 as the fical officer of the county.
*Must also prepare and file an annual financial report with the State Board of Accounts.
*Process the change of ownership of properties and enter for taxation.
*Apply tax deductions on properties that qualify.