As Chief Financial Officer of your county, the Auditor is the bookkeeper for all county elected officials and many of the county agencies such as Human Services and Children Services. The County Auditor also keeps books for many "outside" agencies such as park districts, health departments, soil and water conservation districts, and regional planning commissions. As part of that bookkeeping responsibility, the County Auditor pays all the bills for these groups including payroll.
Your County Auditor establishes the real property value and calculates the property tax for every parcel of real estate within your county. After the taxes have been collected by the County Treasurer, the Auditor then calculates how much of the money collected goes to each taxing district. Cities, villages, townships, school districts, park districts, community colleges, and others depend on the Auditor to do this quickly and accurately because these taxes are their lifeblood.
County Financial Reports
As the issuer of financial reports for the county, it is the County Auditor's duty to make sure that financial records are kept properly. Many of Ohio's County Auditors prepare a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, which is a complete and full disclosure of all financial events for the year.
The County Auditor maintains a close relationship with the Auditor of State's Office. Each year, the Auditor of State reviews these records to assure the county's finances are in order and that proper internal controls are in place. The Auditor of State tests these controls and makes recommendations to county offices and agencies to assure that your money is spent properly.
Federal and State Money
Counties receive money from the state and federal governments for many county projects and programs. County Auditors must report the agency of the government that gave the county this money, the program title, and the amount spent.
The state often gives counties money from its own treasury, and sometimes money that it received from the federal government. This requires the same kind of accounting to assure taxpayers that their money is being spent as intended. The ultimate responsibility for accounting for these funds rests with the recipient agency.
Your County Auditor also assists county agencies when they apply for state or federal grants to assure that the proper bookkeeping is in place when the monies are received. The Auditor must also file claims for reimbursement under several state programs.
Critical Responsibilities for Local Governments
Your County Auditor also helps watch over local governments within your county by: