What Does the Auditor Do?

“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:

Fiscal Management:

  • 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

Licensing:

  • Business licenses
  • Dog licenses
  • Cigarette licenses

 

Regula for County Auditor