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Rush County Auditor

 County Auditor:

Mary Ann Beard

Mary Ann Beard
 

Address:

Rush County Courthouse
101 East Second Street, Room 212
Rushville Indiana 46173

Phone:

765-932-2077

Fax:

765-938-1163

Email:

auditor@rushcounty.in.gov 

Office Hours:

Monday through Friday 8 AM - 4 PM EST 

Staff 

Heather Carlton, Deputy
Jodi Harr, Deputy
Sue Kline, Deputy
Teresa Poindexter, Deputy
Cathy Pratt, GIS Technician

 Responsibilities:

Key Assistant
The auditor services as secretary to the board of county commissionrs and the clerk to the county council.  The auditor has responsibility for keeping accounts and issuing warrants for the payment of claims against the county.  As a result the board commissioners, the council and other officials often look to the auditor to for day-to-day operational assistance, information and advice.  The auditor is responsible for all documents, books, records, maps and papers deposited in the auditor's office.

Coordinator of Tax Collection and Distribution
The auditor is directly responsible for preparing tax duplicates showing the value of property and taxes assessed against each taxpayer.  After taxes are collected by the treasurer, the auditor distributes them to governmental units and agencies for which they were collected.  As a part of the tax function, the auditor must all prepare plats that show the ownership and assessed valuation of each parcel in each township in the county.  The plats must contain information prescribed by the Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF) and must be kept current.  If property taxes become delinquent, the auditor must prepare a delinquency list in preparation for the offering at public sale of the partcels owing delinquent propertpyp taxes.

County "Comptroller"
Many of the above functions have to do with controlling public funds.  In keeping accounts andissuing warrants, the auditor must develop financial analysis and cash flow projections and assist with budget preparations.  The auditor is the principal financial officer in county government and is defined under IC 36-2-9-2 as the fiscal officer of the county.  (Generally see IC 36-2-9 for duties of the county auditior).

*Source of Information:  "Guide to Indiana County Government," 2007 edition; a publication of Associatiaon of Indiana Counties, Inc.

Some of the specific duties of the auditor:

  • Maintains the official Ledger of the County: receipts, appropriations and reimbursements
  • Records minutes for the County Commissioners and County Council --Keeps official records (i.e., contracts, bonds, minutes, and indebtedness)
  • Prepares and distributes bids
  • Advertises and prepares budget rates
  • Maintains ordinances & resolutions
  • Fiscal official for all county funds & grants
  • Advertises & audits all County Department claims
  • Makes Bond Payments
  • Maintains fixed Assets inventory
  • Administers payroll & maintains all county personnel files
  • Distributes C.O.I.T.
  • Maintains TIF records
  • Oversees Tax Abatements
  • Maintains Tax Billing - (classified forest, annexations)
  • Maintains Exemptions and deductions
  • Maintains property maps for hard copy and GIS
  • Certifies property Owners 
  • Distributes tax dollars to Taxing Units
  • Prepares abstract spread sheet for State
  • Prepares Settlement spread sheet for State
  • Transfers all property deeds

Term of Office:

The auditor is a constitutional officer of the county elected for a four-year term from the county at large with prohibition against serving more than two consecutive terms.

 

 

 

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