As the chief financial officer for the county, the auditor / treasurer oversees all financial action, ensuring that funds are used properly. Before the county commissioners approve payment of bills, the auditor / treasurer checks all of the requests for payments.
The Auditor / Treasurer's Office also handles all aspects of county payroll checks, related reports, and benefits records. They are required to prepare year-end financial statements. However, most auditor / treasurer's also prepare quarterly statements and many provide the commissioners with monthly statements.
Additional duties that were formerly under the Treasurer's Office include: keeping of all county funds, collection of taxes and distribution of tax monies to the taxing districts (city, school, park, township, etc.), investing county funds for availability, safety and rate of return, provide property information to lender, realty agents, lawyers, accountants and the public.