The County Auditor has a
variety of functions and duties. The main functions are:
to the Board of Supervisors
Real Estate Transfer Records
agent for Passports (NEW as of May 2, 2011)
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 are 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.
The Delaware County Auditorís Office is a passport
acceptance agent for the US Department of State Federal Passport
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Delaware County Courthouse
301 E Main Street
Manchester, Iowa 52057
Hours Office is open:
Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Office holder name:
Staci Hahesy, Deputy
Andy Lyness, Elections Clerk
Downloadable forms and additional resources
used in the Auditor's office
Association of Counties
Iowa State Association of County Auditors
Iowa Department of Management
Property Valuation Reports
Iowa Secretary of State
Iowa Ethics & Campaign Disclosure Board
Redistricting / Reprecincting
Other Related Links:
Department of Management County Budgets
Department of Management Valuation Data
Index of Iowa Code
Iowa Administrative Code
U.S. Passport Agency