Jefferson County, Iowa
Auditor Description & Duties
The County Auditor’s Office has an interesting and diverse range of duties and functions, primarily related to local elections, real estate records and financial records. The County Auditor is an elected position, with a term of four years.
Auditor Office Duties:
- Runs Jefferson County, Iowa elections
- Providing sample ballots
- Absentee voting schedule
- Preparing and certifying tax levies
- Maintaining financial records
- Keeps county budgeting
- Keeping Real Estate Transfer records
- Clerk to the Board of Supervisors
Budget & Levy Documents
A Brief History
In 1851, the first Code of Iowa gave the duties covered by the office of the County Auditor to the County Judge. With the formation of the Board of Supervisors in 1861, the duties were passed to the Clerk of Court. In 1870, as a part of reorganizing county government, the office of County Auditor was created.
It was in the early 1970’s that the State Legislature added the duties of Commissioner of Elections to the office.