WHAT WE DO:
The staff consists of an elected Auditor/Treasurer, an Assistant Auditor/Treasurer, an Election's Administrator and six other deputies. This office interacts with the County Board of Commissioners, county departments, the Douglas County Hospital, Pope-Douglas Solid Waste Management, Prime West, County residents, vendors, townships, cities, school districts, ALASD, Sauk River Watershed, the Secretary of State, the Department of Revenue, the Department of Education, the Office of the State Auditor and many other entities.
The Auditor/Treasurer is the County's Chief Financial Officer, responsible for Property Tax Administration, as well as the Supervisor of Elections. She is a member, by statute, of the county board of equalization, the county canvassing committee and sits on the budget committee, construction committee, and various other committees, councils, and boards as directed by the Board of Commissioners.
Some of the functions of the department include:
Elections and Voter Registration - Conducts Federal, State, and County primary, general and special elections. Maintains voter registration cards utilizing the State registration system. Trains election judges. Prepares election ballots. Election results are received and reported through the state reporting system. Conducts post-election canvas. Prepares Abstract of Votes cast for Secretary of State.
Property Taxes and Special Assessments - Calculates rates and prepares tax information, tax statements and "Truth in Taxation" notices for approximately 30,000 parcels. Maintains special assessments. Keeps records of all taxing district levies (townships, cities, schools, etc.), tax collections and unpaid taxes. Distributes
tax settlements to all taxing districts. Maintains delinquent taxes through the disposition of tax forfeited land. Monitors tax increment finance compliance.
Douglas County has available a fast, convenient, hassle-free way to pay your property taxes with the Direct Payment Plan. With this convenient program, you can have your property tax payment automatically deducted from your checking or savings account at your financial institution on a semi-annual basis.
Tax Forfeited Land - The Douglas County Auditor/Treasurer's Office administers the disposition of tax forfeited lands. These properties have been awarded to the state as a result of non-payment of property taxes after a 3-year redemption period has expired. (The prior 5 year redemption period was reduced by the state to a 3 year redemption period effective January 1, 2014 for the 2013 tax payable year.)
Cash Management - Invests all surplus county funds. Maintains and monitors the county investment portfolio and all county bank accounts including Douglas County Hospital and Pope-Douglas Solid Waste Management. Reconciles monthly statements.
County Budgets, Payroll and Annual Financial Statement - Issues payment for County department obligations including payroll and benefits, collects all County revenues, and prepares monthly reports for County board and departments. Prepares the annual financial statement for Douglas County which includes Douglas County Hospital. Prepares the Pope-Douglas Solid Waste Management annual financial statement. Compiles and publishes the annual County budget.
Licenses - Issues County liquor, beer, and wine licenses through the Minnesota Liquor Control Commission. Issues auctioneer, gambling, dangerous dog, precious metal and transient merchant licenses.
Notary Service - Licensed notaries are available at our office.