Auditor
Staff

Kathy Schreurs - Auditor

Deb Vierhuf - Deputy Auditor

Barb Dybdahl - Deputy Auditor

Chuck DeBates - Financial Accountant

 

Phone: 507-694-1529

Fax: 507-694-1198


What We Do

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General Administration
Financial Administration
Election Administration
Property Tax Administration
Miscellaneous
 

The office of the County Auditor is an elected position, whose responsibilities are subject to various Minnesota State Statutes. The Auditor has traditionally been responsible for many of the administrative duties.
General Administration
The Auditor serves as the clerk to the County Board. This includes the scheduling of appointments to meet with the Board, preparation of Agendas and minutes of all meetings. A summary of the minutes from Board meetings is published in the official paper of the County. The Auditor also is a member of the Extension Committee and serves as the Secretary.

Other administrative functions include the preparation and maintenance of employee files for all employee benefits both employer paid and employee paid. The Auditor is also responsible for the preparation of the payroll for all County Employees. Included in the payroll responsibilities are the payment of all payroll taxes, insurance premiums, and pension benefits.


Financial Administration The Auditor is responsible for preparing and submitting to the County Board for approval the budget for the next year. Once the budget is approved by the County Board, the Auditor then begins the process of calculating the Real Estate, Personal Property, and Mobile Home taxes that will be collected to provide funding for the approved budget.

The Auditor also operates and maintains an accounting system that provides a detailed accounting of the following for the General revenue and Ditch Funds of the County:

Receipts, Disbursements, Accounts Receivable and Payable, Ditch System, Annual Financial Statements

The Auditor also maintains a summary accounting of the Road & Bridge Funds. The detailed accounting of these funds is carried out by the individual departments. The Auditor works closely with the State Auditor's Office in the preparation of the annual audit and financial statement. The Auditor periodically submits to the County Board the financial status of the County, future financial needs, and projections as needed.


Election Administration Election & Voting Information from the Secretary of State's Office:

Note: The easiest way to vote by absentee ballot is to do so in person, at your county auditor or city or township clerk’s office, up to 30 days prior to Election Day.

The County Auditor is designated by the Secretary of State as Register of Voters and chief custodian of official voter registration and election records. The County Auditor is responsible for conducting the primary and general election during the even numbered years and also any special countywide elections. The County Auditor is responsible for training election judges and officials, printing ballots, acting as filing officer for county races, distributing absentee ballots to those who will be unable to vote on election day, tabulating the election results from the 20 precincts in the county. The County Auditor is also a member of the Canvassing Board. The Canvassing Board meets shortly after the election to review for accuracy the results of the election and to declare a winner.


Property Tax Administration Each taxing district within the County must certify a tax levy and special assessments to the County Auditor. The Auditor tabulates all of these levies and special assessments and then calculates the amount of real estate, personal and mobile home tax will be paid by each property owner in the County based on the valuations certified to the Auditor by the County Assessor. Upon completion of the calculation of the tax, statements are distributed to all taxpayers indicating the amount of tax due and the due date.

After each tax deadline the Auditor must reconcile all collections for accuracy and pay out to each taxing district their appropriate share of the taxes collected. State Statutes specify when these payments must be made. All real estate transactions for property located in the county are processed through the Auditor's Office either to collect deed or mortgage registry tax, or to make changes to the ownership of the property. The Auditor's Office maintains the ownership records in the tax system daily or as needed. Lincoln County has approximately 6726 tax parcels. After the beginning of the new year the Auditor publishes a list of delinquent taxes in the official paper of the County. Upon request, the Auditor certifies under the seal of her office indicating thereon whether taxes are paid or unpaid.


Miscellaneous The Auditor is responsible for issuing liquor, wine, 3.2 malt liquor, tobacco, auctioneer, dance and transient merchant licenses.

The Auditor is a member by statute of the county board of equalization.

To assist the Auditor in carrying out these tasks, 3 Deputy Auditors have been appointed by the Auditor. As an elected official, the County Auditor is responsible directly to the people of Lincoln County for the duties of Auditor. The Auditor and staff are dedicated to serving the citizens of Lincoln County by offering the best possible service in all aspects of the assigned duties.


Lincoln County Courthouse, 319 N. Rebecca, PO Box 29, Ivanhoe, MN 56142  | Phone: 507-694-1529, Fax: 507-694-1198

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