Auditor

Tammy Justice

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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.

Contact Information

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

Susan Spaeth, Deputy
Teresa Poindexter, Deputy
Cathy Pratt, GIS Technician, 765-932-2077, gis@rushcounty.in.gov
Kelly Piles, Claims
Heather Carlton, Payroll Deputy

Some of the specific duties of the auditor:

Responsibilities

Key Assistant
The auditor serves as secretary to the board of county commissioners 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 of commissioners, the council and other officials often look to the auditor 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 prepare all 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 parcels owing delinquent property taxes.

 

County “Comptroller”
Many of the above functions have to do with controlling public funds. In keeping accounts and issuing 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 auditor).

 

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

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