The County Auditor's office ties together the main functions of Steuben County Government. Most people know the Auditor as the county official who calculates their property tax bills. As the county's chief fiscal officer, the Auditor also makes sure that expenditures made anywhere in county government follow the law. The County Council depends on the Auditor each year to certify an estimate of total taxes and other revenue that is then made available to the Board of Commissioners' budget for appropriations to other county officials, agencies, and departments.
The Auditor's office duties range from simple ministerial tasks such as keeping minutes of the various Board meetings for which we serve as secretary, to the highly technical duties of financial statement preparation and compliance with federal tax guidelines and programs. The office of County Auditor has evolved dramatically from a bookkeeper and part-time secretary to a financial manager whose responsibilities impact the financial well-being of county government.