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 Howard County.

  Howard County, Iowa - Auditor


Clerk to Board of Supervisors The Auditor prepares meeting agendas and notifies the media, maintains all official records of meeting minutes, Board voting records, resolutions, contracts, and correspondence. The office publishes the proceedings and other legal notices.

County Commissioner of Elections - The auditor administers all federal, state, and local elections that take place in the county. Responsibilities include voter registrations, absentee voting, recruitment and training of precinct election officials, printing and counting ballots, receiving nomination papers and notifying voters of elections, certifying results to the state or political subdivision involved and issues certificates of election to the proper person.

Budget The Auditor receives and compiles budget information from the various county departments and presents it to the Board of Supervisors and monitors the budget throughout the fiscal year. Budgets of other governmental entities are filed with the Auditor such as: Schools, Cities, Townships, Agricultural Extension, Emergency Management, County Assessor, E911 Service Board, etc.

Financial Officer The Auditor completes an annual financial report at the end of each fiscal year. Payroll is processed by this office. Claims for all services and materials rendered and charged to the various county departments are submitted to this office for payment.

Property Transfer and County Plats The Auditor enters and maintains records of all real estate transfers in the county. The Auditor keeps the plat maps and transfer books current so the public can examine them and determine property ownership.

Taxation The Auditor receives the assessed valuations from the county assessor and applies the biannual equalization and annual rollback to produce the taxable valuation for each property in the county. The auditor processes taxes and produces a tax book for the county treasurer.

Permits The Auditor processes cigarette licenses, beer & liquor permits for businesses in unincorporated areas.

Passports The Auditor's Office accepts passport applications on Behalf of the U.S. Department of State. U.S. citizens planning international travel may apply for their passports Monday thru Friday, 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. at the Howard County Auditor's Office, Courthouse, Cresco, IA 52136
If anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact the
Howard County Auditor's Office at 563-547-9203.
For application forms, information on documentation required, fees, and a wealth of other passport and international travel information, visit the only official website for passport information:

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Howard County Courthouse
137 North Elm Street
Cresco IA 52136

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00am -  4:30pm

Phone Number:

FAX Number:

County Auditor:
Julie Chapman

Employees in
Auditor's Office:
First Deputy:
Amy Retterath
Second Deputy:
Kari Schlecht

Auditor's Forms:
Downloadable forms
used in the Auditor's office

Auditor's Links:
Iowa State Association of County Auditors

Iowa State Association of Counties

Other Related Links:

Department of Revenue

Department of Management County Budgets

Department of Management Valuation Data

Iowa Code/Administrative Code

Attorney General

Census - Howard County

U.S. Passport Agency

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