Auditor has several important responsibilities including:
One of the most important jobs done by the
Auditor is to serve as the chief fiscal officer of county government. Some people mistakenly believe that the
Auditor has the responsibility for performing independent audits of local or county government, but
Ohio law reserves that authority for the Auditor of State! This pamphlet will explain to you many of the functions your
Auditor performs to account for your money.
Sealing gas pumps, scales and other measuring devices;
Appraisal and assessment of property;
Licensing dogs, vendors, and others;
Calculating taxes and ad ministering assessments;
Administering tax exemptions for senior citizens, the disabled, charities, and churches;
Distributing money to schools and local governments;
Accounting for all financial transactions and payroll for the county;
Chairing and/or voting on many local governmental boards.
CHIEF FISCAL OFFICER
The Auditor is responsible for all financial transactions and accounting of every
Board, Department, Office, Agency, or District. The Auditor is responsible for paying the debts and obligations of the County, verifying the accuracy and legitimacy of claims against the County, and overseeing all financial operations of the County. The Auditor is instrumental in the preparation of the County's annual budgets as well as ensuring that the County does not exceed its budget/appropriations. The Auditor also prepares the estimated revenues of the County as well as assisting the several local taxing authorities in determining their estimating tax revenues. The Auditor must certify all bonded indebtedness and sign the bonds as well as maintain a record of the indebtedness. The Auditor also provides information to the Auditor of State and other agencies for audits.
The Auditor is responsible for establishing the value of all property, real and personal, in the County. Every six years the Auditor must conduct a full reappraisal of real property. Every three years, the Auditor must conduct an update of real property values. Each year, the Auditor assesses the values for manufactured homes. The Auditor also assesses the taxes for personal property after examining the tax returns. The Auditor assesses the taxes on estates. In each of these areas, the Auditor is acting under the direct auspices of the Tax Commissioner of
Ohio as his agent. The Auditor must comply with all the rules and regulations issued by the Tax Commissioner as well the several
Ohio laws governing these assessments.
CHIEF PAYROLL OFFICER
The Auditor is responsible for the preparation and distribution of the payroll for all county employees. The Auditor must prepare the required reports for both the State and the Federal agencies. The Auditor must also deposit the required payroll taxes in a timely manner or face penalties. The Auditor must maintain the confidentiality of the payroll information as well as the accuracy of the information. The auditor is responsible for placing any garnishments against a county employee's wages and forwarding the money to the appropriate agency.