The County Auditor has a
variety of functions and duties. The main functions are:
and certifying tax levies
the Board of Supervisors
Marion County Iowa Board of Supervisors Current Agenda -
Real Estate Transfer Records
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The Auditor calculates tax rates for all taxing entities in the county (schools,
cities, townships, etc.) By applying taxes levied by those entities to the
valuation of each property as determined by the Assessor and then prepares a tax
list showing each taxpayer's share of the total. These figures are then
certified to the County Treasurer's Office. Many of the records prepared in the
Auditor's office are maintained permanently and are available for public use.
Financial duties of the Auditor include the preparation of the County's budget
from material submitted by its departments and other agencies and issuing
payment for all services, materials and payroll charged to the County. The
Auditor then maintains a ledger for each department in the County throughout the
fiscal year (July 1 through June 30). The Auditor also keeps and maintains
permanent financial records for the County. Many financial reports are published
for public information.
As clerk to the Board of Supervisors, the Auditor may perform a variety of
duties depending on the size of the County. The Auditor may accept petitions,
register complaints, or act on routine business in absence of the Board. The
Auditor often prepares Board meeting agendas, notifies the media, attends Board
meetings, keeps and records Board meeting minutes, and publishes the proceedings
in the official County newspapers. The Auditor initiates bid notices, solicits
proposals for County contracts for materials and services, and receives contract
proposals. Official papers dealing with Board of Supervisors' business and
referenced and maintained by the Auditor.
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As Commissioner of Elections, the Auditor is in charge of all regular and
special elections in the County -- federal, state, county, city, and school
district. The Auditor prepares and supervises the printing of ballots and/or
programming of voting machines as well as ordering all election supplies.
Auditor also conducts training for precinct election officials and provides
information to see that the election laws of Iowa are obeyed. This is an
important trust placed in the Auditor's care. Assurance that the voting process
is conducted according to the laws is very important. The Auditor provides
public information for and conducts voter registration efforts in the County.
The Auditor maintains all official voter registration records. After an
election, the Auditor certifies the results to the state or to the political
subdivision involved, and issues certificates of election to the proper persons.
Some election records are maintained permanently, others for a specified period
The Iowa Secretary of State now has a tool for Electronic Voter Registration.
Click on the link below for additional information.
Electronic Voter Registration
The Iowa State Association of County Auditors (ISACA), in cooperation with the
Iowa Secretary of State, has developed a series of slideshow presentations
covering a variety of aspects of the voting and election process. Click here to
access these presentations.
The County Auditor enters and maintains records of all real estate transfers in
the County. The Auditor keeps the plat maps and transfer books current, so that
the public can examine the books to determine property ownership. The Auditor's
office works closely with area realtors, attorneys, property owners and other
individuals who deal with real estate transactions.