The Office of County Auditor was created in 1870. The duties of the office covered areas that had previously been given to the County Judge in 1851 and to the Clerk of Court in 1861. The State Legislature added the duties of Commissioner of Elections to the Auditor's Office in the early 1970's. The County Auditor is an elected position with a term of four years.
What We Do
The primary duties and responsibilities of the Linn County Auditor are as follows:
- Accounting Services
- Receives claims for payment from various departments
- Prepares lists of claims for review by the Board of Supervisors (BOS)
- Issues payments for claims approved by the BOS
- Keeps all wage and withholding records for county employees
- Receives time cards, computes wages, generates and distributes payroll checks
- County Clerk Services
- Takes minutes of the Board of Supervisors meetings and maintains records of Board of Supervisors proceedings
- Processes permits on behalf of the State of Iowa for beer, liquor and cigarette sales by businesses in the unincorporated areas of the county
- Election Services
- Administers all local, state and federal elections in Linn County
- Maintains county voter registration records
- Property Tax & Real Estate Services
- Keeps records of all property ownership in the county
- Determines tax rates and property taxes for all taxable property based on valuations and certified local budget
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