“What does the County Auditor do?”
If you’re like most people, you’re probably asking yourself this question. That’s okay. Here’s the answer.
While the Auditor’s job isn’t glamorous, there are a lot of important responsibilities. Basically, the Auditor’s job is financial oversight of the county. The Auditor is a financial watchdog who makes sure the people of Portage County get what they pay for.
Here’s a list of Auditor’s Responsibilities:
- Make sure the county receives the correct amounts of taxes – No more, no less.
- Keep records of all revenues, expenses, and balances
- Assess property values for real estate
- Preparing finance reports
- Working with the State Auditor
- Managing state or federal grants
- Keeping county debts within legal limits
- Advising cities, villages, and townships on fiscal management
Property Taxes & Exemptions
- Conducting fair and accurate assessments of property values
- Determining whether certain properties qualify for tax reduction programs, such as the Homestead Exemption
- Assessing values of trailer homes
Consumer Protection – Weights & Measures
- Ensuring accuracy of weights and measures, such as grocery scales and gas pumps
- Making sure consumers receive the exact amount of a measured product they purchased
- Checking that listed prices of consumer products match the prices at the check-out counter
- Business licenses
- Dog licenses
- Cigarette licenses