The County Auditor has a variety of functions and duties. The
main functions are:
Board of Supervisors - (Writes & maintains minutes of Board proceedings).
Custodian to the Courthouse-Subject to direction of Supervisors.
Maintains files for Liquor & Cigarette Licenses-Approved by Board.
Maintains Drainage District Book-Green Island & Mooney Hollow Assessment Areas.
Financial & Accounting Records-Prepare County Budget, compute & certify levies
for taxing districts, prepare tax lists for collection by Treasurer, administer
payroll and benefits to all county employees, prepare claims and issue warrants
for payment of invoices & maintain records of all County, State, & Federal
Real Estate-Maintains official County property platbook.
Data Processing & Information Services-Manages SA400 IBM computer system used by
Assessor, Treasurer, Recorder & Auditor Offices and also Internet & Network
Election & Voter Registration-Conducts all elections for County, Cities,
Schools, Special Districts & State of Iowa.
Registers & maintains voter records.
and certifying tax levies
The Auditor calculates tax rates for all taxing entities in the county (schools,
cities, townships, etc.) By applying taxes levied by those entities to the
valuation of each property as determined by the Assessor and then prepares a tax
list showing each taxpayer's share of the total. These figures are then
certified to the County Treasurer's Office. Many of the records prepared in the
Auditor's office are maintained permanently and are available for public use.
Financial duties of the Auditor include the preparation of the County's budget
from material submitted by its departments and other agencies and issuing
payment for all services, materials and payroll charged to the County. The
Auditor then maintains a ledger for each department in the County throughout the
fiscal year (July 1 through June 30). The Auditor also keeps and maintains
permanent financial records for the County. Many financial reports are published
for public information.
As clerk to the Board of Supervisors, the Auditor may perform a variety of
duties depending on the size of the County. The Auditor may accept petitions,
register complaints, or act on routine business in absence of the Board. The
Auditor often prepares Board meeting agendas, notifies the media, attends Board
meetings, keeps and records Board meeting minutes, and publishes the proceedings
in the official County newspapers. The Auditor initiates bid notices, solicits
proposals for County contracts for materials and services, and receives contract
proposals. Official papers dealing with Board of Supervisors' business and
referenced and maintained by the Auditor.
As Commissioner of Elections, the Auditor is in charge of all regular and
special elections in the County -- federal, state, county, city, and school
district. The Auditor prepares and supervises the printing of ballots and/or
programming of voting machines as well as ordering all election supplies. The
Auditor also conducts training for precinct election officials and provides
information to see that the election laws of Iowa are obeyed. This is an
important trust placed in the Auditor's care. Assurance that the voting process
is conducted according to the laws is very important. The Auditor provides
public information for and conducts voter registration efforts in the County.
The Auditor maintains all official voter registration records. After an
election, the Auditor certifies the results to the state or to the political
subdivision involved, and issues certificates of election to the proper persons.
Some election records are maintained permanently, others for a specified period
The County Auditor enters and maintains records of all real estate transfers in
the County. The Auditor keeps the plat maps and transfer books current, so that
the public can examine the books to determine property ownership. The Auditor's
office works closely with area realtors, attorneys, property owners and other
individuals who deal with real estate transactions.
Jackson County Courthouse
201 West Platt Street
Maquoketa, IA 52060
Hours Office is open:
8:30 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.
M. Joell Deppe
Commissioner of Elections Supervisor Minutes
Deputy County Auditor
Deputy County Auditor
Deputy County Auditor
Clerk for County Auditor
used in the Auditors office
Association of Counties
Iowa Secretary of State
Other Related Links:
Department of Management County Budgets
Department of Management Valuation Data
Index of Iowa Code
Iowa Administrative Code