The Institute of Public Affairs has labeled the Auditor's Office as the "Hub of County Government." The County Auditor is an elected position with a term of four years and is bonded at $100,000.

The Auditor has many responsibilities and works closely with all the County Departments.

  • County Financial Officer
  • Commissioner of Elections
  • Clerk to the Board of Supervisors
  • Human Resources Department
  • Budget Director
  • Overseer of the County Plats - Real Estate Records
  • Custodian of the Courthouse and County Buildings

Some of the specific tasks performed by the Auditor's office include: 

  • Keeps a record of all real estate transferred and current plats and plat maps.
  • Keeps a record of highway established and vacated.
  • Keep minutes of the proceedings of the Board of  Supervisors and all signed documents.
  • Keeps a drainage record of all drainage districts of the county.
  • Clerk of the official canvass of elections made by the board of supervisors.
  • Issues all payroll warrants and maintains the payroll system and responsible for submitting payroll taxes.
  • Maintains health insurance records and any employment benefits information and filings.
  • Certifies submits city, school, county, Assessor, E-911, Ag. Extension, Township budgets to the state.
  • Prepares and submits county budget to the board of supervisors for approval.
  • Issue warrants on the county treasurer for claims allowed by the board of supervisors.
  • Keeps a ledger account of revenues derived from all sources and disbursements made from various funds.
  • Supervises printing and delivering to election board of all official election ballots and custodian of ballots and poll books returned from voting precincts.
    compute taxes on all taxable property in the county from levies made by the board of supervisors, certified by town and township officials, school districts, state executive council, county conference board and agricultural extension council.
  • File and certify all homestead credit applications and military exemption applications.
  • Prepares annual valuation reports of all values for all taxing authorities to use.
  • Maintains TIF files and TIF state reporting requirements.
  • Maintains insurance policies and surety bonds.
  • Custodian of bonds of all county officials.
  • Prepares and maintains licenses and permits for fireworks, cigarettes, beer and liquor for entities that apply in county.
  • Maintains Manure management Plans and Livestock Confinement Construction Permits
  • Prepares reports required by the Bureau of Census, Bureau of Labor, OSHA and Workforce Development of Iowa.
  • Maintains all Voter Registration records for Plymouth County.
  • Conducts all elections, staffs and trains election workers and maintains canvass  materials of all elections.
  • Maintains the counties accounting system, records, chart of accounts and cash and accrual fund balances.
  • Prepares and submits all financial reports to the State.