Jones County Auditor

 

Our goals in serving the citizens of Jones County:

 

*To provide accurate and reliable financial records, with full and complete disclosure of the county’s finances.

 

*To preserve integrity and fairness in the election process.

 

*To provide efficient and knowledgeable service to the citizens of Jones County, and be a key resource for information about Jones County.

 

 

The County Auditor's 

primary functions are:

 

  • Financial and Accounting Records-Prepares County budget and monthly and annual financial reports of the County. Administers payroll and benefits for all county employees. Prepares claims and issues checks for payment of invoices, and maintain records of all county financial reports.

  • Real Estate-Maintains official County property transfer and plat books.

  • Elections & Voter Registration-Conducts all elections for County, Cities, Schools, Special Districts & State of Iowa. Registers and maintains voter records.

  • Property Taxation-Prepares the annual report of assessed and taxable valuations of property in the county for use by all local governmental entities in preparation of their budgets. Reviews and certifies budgets of all local governments in the county. Computes and certifies tax levies for taxing districts. Prepares tax lists for collection by the Treasurer.

  • Clerk to the Board of Supervisors - prepares meeting agendas, prepares and maintains minutes of Board proceedings, and maintains Board records.

  • Custodian of the Courthouse-oversight of the care and maintenance of the courthouse subject to direction of the Board of Supervisors.

  •  Maintains files for Liquor & Cigarette Licenses as approved by the Board.

The Auditor calculates tax rates for all taxing entities in the county (schools, cities, townships, etc.) by applying taxes levied by those entities to the valuation of each property as determined by the Assessor and then prepares a tax list showing each taxpayer's share of the total. These figures are then certified to the County Treasurer's Office for collection. Many of the records prepared in the Auditor's office are maintained permanently and are available for public use.

Financial duties of the Auditor include the preparation of the County's budget from material submitted by its departments and other agencies, and issuing payment for all services, materials and payroll charged to the County. The Auditor then maintains a ledger for each department in the County throughout the fiscal year (July 1 through June 30). The Auditor also keeps and maintains permanent financial records for the County. Many financial reports are published for public information.

 

As Commissioner of Elections, the Auditor is in charge of all regular and special elections in the County -- federal, state, county, city, and school district. The Auditor prepares and supervises the printing of ballots and/or programming of voting machines as well as ordering all election supplies. The Auditor also conducts training for precinct election officials and provides information to see that the election laws of Iowa are obeyed. This is an important trust placed in the Auditor's care. Assurance that the voting process is conducted according to the laws is very important. The Auditor provides public information for and conducts voter registration efforts in the County. The Auditor maintains all official voter registration records. After an election, the Auditor certifies the results to the state or to the political subdivision involved, and issues certificates of election to those persons elected. Some election records are maintained permanently, others for a specified period of time.

 

The County Auditor enters and maintains records of all real estate transfers in the County.  The Auditor keeps the plat maps and transfer books current, so that the public can examine the books to determine property ownership. The Auditor's Office works closely with area realtors, attorneys, land surveyors, property owners and other individuals who deal with real estate transactions.

 

As Clerk to the Board of Supervisors, the Auditor may perform a variety of duties depending on the size of the County. The Auditor may accept petitions, register complaints, or act on routine business in the absence of the Board. The Auditor prepares Board meeting agendas, notifies the media, attends Board meetings, keeps and records Board meeting minutes, and publishes the proceedings in the official County newspapers. The Auditor initiates bid notices, solicits proposals for County contracts for materials and services, and receives contract proposals. Official papers dealing with Board of Supervisors' business are referenced and maintained by the Auditor.

 Janine Sulzner
Jones County Auditor since
September 1, 1994


Staff:
Gwyn Gapinski, Deputy
Kim Sorgenfrey, Deputy

Michele Lubben, Deputy

Vicki Starn, Deputy


E-mail: auditor@co.jones.ia.us 

Telephone 319 462-2282

Fax 319 462-5815

 

Jones County Courthouse

500 W. Main Street

Room 113

Anamosa IA 52205

 

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 109

Anamosa IA 52205

 

Office Hours***
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday Through Friday

 

***During calendar year 2019 the Jones County Auditor’s Office will extend regular office hours as follows:

 

Budget Related

Extended Hours

Friday, March 15

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday, April 15

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Election Related Extended Hours

The Auditor's Office will be open the following day(s) from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. or later, depending on election activities in 2019: 

November 5, 2019 - City/School Election

 

The Auditor's Office will be open until

5 p.m. on the following days:

City/School Election 2019

  • Thursday, September 19 - candidate filing deadline & satellite voting petition deadline

  • Friday, October 25 - voter  pre-registration deadline & deadline to issue absentee ballots by mail

  • Friday, November 1 - absentee ballot challenge deadline

  • Monday, November 4 - absentee voting deadline

Additional extended hours may be added if special elections are requested.

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