The Auditor, a constitutional office, must wear many hats. The Auditor serves as Secretary to the Board of County Commissioners and County Council. The Auditor has the responsibility for keeping accounts and issuing checks for the county. As a result, the Board of Commissioners, Council, and other officials often look to the Auditor for day-to-day operational assistance, information, and advice.
The Auditor is responsible for 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 were collected. 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 county government and is defined under IC 36-2-9-2 as the fiscal officer of the county.
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The offices of the Auditor, Treasurer, and Assessor must work together as a team. The success of these offices carrying out their duties is interdependent. These offices 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.