Monona County Auditor
610 Iowa Ave, Onawa, IA 51040 * 712-433-2191
Responsibilities & Duties
The County Auditor is an elected position, with a term of 4 years. Because of the vast array of responsibilities given to this office, the Institute of Public Affairs has labeled it the "Hub of County Government". Although it is impossible to list everything that happens in your county Auditor's office, the following information highlights some of the major responsibilities and duties held there.
The Auditor's Office is considered Budget Central for all government entities. Schools, cities, townships, agricultural extention, county hospitals, Emergency Management Agency, E911 Service Board, and County Assessor file their completed budgets with the Auditor. These budgets, which include the tax asking for each entity, are reviewed by the Auditor and then submitted to the State Department of Management. After the Board of Supervisors hold a public hearing on their budget, the Auditor also files the certified County Budget with the State Department of Management.
Clerk to the Board of Supervisors
Commissioner of Elections
As Commissioner of Elections, the Auditor is responsible for all regular and special elections in the county - federal, state, county, city and school. This is an important trust placed in the Auditor's care. Assurance that the voting process is conducted according to law is very important. The Auditor's Office:
County Financial Officer
All claims for payment for services and materials rendered for the various county departments are submitted to this office. The Auditor keeps a complete record of each transaction and maintains a ledger for each department in the county to ensure no departments exceed the budget appropriation approved by the Board of Supervisors.
The Auditor also keeps and maintains permanent financial records for the County. Many financial reports are published for public information.
County Tax Accountant
The Auditor tabulates the taxable valuation for each property owner in the county. After applying the proper exemptions, such as homestead and military credits, rollbacks and other adjustments, the Auditor certifies this valuation of the county to the State. Once the tax rate is computed and applied, the Auditor prepares a tax list showing each taxpayer's share of the total. These totals are then certified to the County Treasurer's Office.
Overseer of the County Plats
All documents dealing with the transfer of real estate recorded in the Recorder's Office are also filed in the Auditor's Office. Each document is proofed for accuracy and the chain of title researched. The document is then entered into the Transfer Book. The Plat Maps and Transfer Records are maintained showing the ownership of all parcels of land for taxation purposes.
The Auditor may create subdivisions when necessary and revise the county plats accordingly. This office works closely with area realtors, attorneys, property owners and other individuals who deal with real estate transaction.
Payroll & Human Resources Manager
Custodian of the Courthouse
The Auditor is the Custodian of the Courthouse under the direction of the Board of Supervisors. This responsiblity included not only general maintenance and repair of the buidling, but also issues involving office space, records storage and disaster recovery.
Other Duties & Responsibilities