Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Auditors' Spring Conference, 2017

Welcome, Indiana County Auditors!

Our spring, 2017 conference is now underway at Crowne Plaza--Union Station in Indianapolis. This week, county auditors from throughout Indiana will delve into important tax and budget topics, share resources and ideas, and learn about local government updates, all to help us better serve the taxpayers.

Monday, May 22


Pre-conference kick-off: To help prepare for a successful conference, the officers of the Indiana Auditors' Association held a planning meeting on Monday and again on Tuesday morning. Shown here are (left to right, standing) Past-President Gayle Pennington of Dearborn County, President-Elect Pauline Graff of Elkhart County, Treasurer Julie Fox of Marshall County, (kneeling, center) Secretary Vicki Urbanik of Porter County, and (kneeling, front) Vice-President Patty Ball of Daviess County.

Tuesday, May 23



President-Elect Pauline Graff, Elkhart County Auditor, gets ready for auditor and vendor registration.


Treasurer Julie Fox, Marshall County Auditor (seated), works the registration table and checks in Hancock County Auditor Robin Lowder and her staff. 


Welcome, Ohio County Auditor's Office! Treasurer Julie Fox greets Ohio County Auditor Deb Cappel and her staff.


The conference kicked off with an educational session organized by Vice-President Patty Ball. Morgan County Auditor Dan Bastin, Legislative Committee Chair, gives a presentation on web resources for county auditors, including tips on how to access the Indiana Code.


Panel Q&A: The educational session continued with a panel discussion with questions posed by county auditors. The topics covered a wide array of issues that we deal with everyday, from state audits to appropriations to splits and deductions. Panelists were (left to right) Dan Bastin of Morgan County, Gayle Pennington of Dearborn County, Vicki Urbanik of Porter County, moderator Patty Ball of Daviess County, Jennifer Flater of Clay County, Debbie Stevens of Warrick County, Kay Myers of LaGrange County, and Nick Jordan of Allen County.

Wednesday, May 24


The State Board of Accounts conference gets underway in the Grand Hall at Union Station.


In opening remarks, Indiana Auditor of State Tera Klutz addresses new initiatives in her office. Also giving opening remarks were (left to right, seated) State Examiner Paul Joyce, State Board of Accounts Director of County Services Lori Rogers, and Association President-Elect Pauline Graff.



Indiana Department of Local Government Finance Commissioner Courtney Schaafsma reviews new legislation of importance to county auditors.

Wednesday evening entertainment: Casino night at Union Station





Thursday, May 25

Indiana Commissioner of Labor Rick Ruble kicks off another full day of learning with a review of labor laws and employment issues.



 Indiana State Board of Accounts Director of County Services Lori Rogers outlines new legislation.



Auditors! From left to right: Association secretary Vicki Urbanik of Porter County, Association Vice-President Patty Ball of Daviess County, Indiana Auditor of State (and former Association officer and County Auditor) Tera Klutz, Association President-Elect Pauline Graff of Elkhart County, and Association Treasurer Julie Fox of Marshall County.


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Auditors' Spring, 2017 Conference


Ready for Spring Conference! Here are the officers of the Indiana Auditors' Association, after a conference planning meeting Monday. In back (left to right) Past-President Gayle Pennington, President-Elect Pauline Graff, Treasurer Julie Fox; (kneeling in back) Secretary Vicki Urbanik, and (kneeling in front) Vice-President Patty Ball.


Spring Conference Is Here!

Our conference kicks off on Tuesday, May 23 at Crowne Plaza Union Station, 123 W. Louisiana St., Indianapolis, IN.

For the draft agenda, click on the following: Spring 2017 Draft Agenda.

For the State Board of Accounts' call letter, click on the following: SBOA Call Letter to Auditors

This year's conference is being planned by the newly elected Association officers, led by President-Elect Pauline Graff of Elkhart County. Once again, a very informative and fun week is planned. Our new 2017 Auditor Association Directory will also be ready for distribution.

The conference begins with an educational session which is being planned by Education Chair and Association Vice-President Patty Ball of Daviess County. The agenda includes a presentation on the use of websites as a research tool and a panel discussion on topics including audits, deeds, splits, tax abatements, CVET and FIT distributions, and veterans deductions. For the education session agenda, click here.

The conference will continue with Wednesday and Thursday sessions. The evening entertainment begins with a Euchre Tournament on Tuesday night. The conference will conclude with a Q & A on Friday morning and the Auditor Association meeting.

Reminder: The Association requests that county auditors wear their auditor badges to the conference in order to minimize the costs associated with the temporary badges. If you do not have a badge, you may download the order form, located to the right on this page. You may also email Roger Bainbridge at: Roger's email.

Auditor Photo Gallery


From Fall, 2016 Conference:


County Auditors playing Family Feud Trivia
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At the Indiana Public Finance Leadership Summit sponsored by Umbaugh, March, 2017:


Barb Hackman, Bartholomew County; Vicki Urbanik, Porter County; Patty Ball, Daviess County
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From Spring, 2016 Conference:


Bumper Cars
Riding the Bull

More Bumper Cars



Do you have a photo you would like to share of Auditors in action, at work or at play? Send it to Association Secretary Vicki Urbanik at vurbanik@porterco.org