Friday, September 21, 2018

AIC Conference 2018: Pauline Graff named Auditor of the Year 

The 2018 Association of Indiana Counties conference was held Sept. 16-19 in Indianapolis.

The Auditors' Association held an affiliate meeting on the Monday of conference. Topics included the upcoming data upload project at the State Board of Accounts, tips for making a smooth transition for incoming new county auditors, and legislative goals.

Also at the conference, a number of county auditors received certificates for completing the AIC Institute for Excellence in County Government or for completing AIC continuing education. In addition,  Elkhart County Auditor and Auditor Association President Pauline Graff was honored as Auditor of the Year. We extend a hearty congratulations to Pauline for this well-deserved honor!

County auditors with their AIC Institute for Excellence in County Government certificates.

Auditor Association President Pauline Graff opens the Association Affiliate meeting.
Association lobbyist Mark Palmer addresses legislative matters.

At the Auditor Affiliate meeting.

Auditor Association President Pauline Graff upon learning of her Auditor of the Year award.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Mark Your Calendars: Fall Conference set for Oct. 23-26

Registration is now underway for the fall, 2018 state-called conference with the Indiana County Auditors' Association. The fall conference will be Oct. 23 through Oct. 26 at Belterra Casino Resort.

For the registration forms, click on the following links:

Conference registration -- Auditors
Conference registration -- Vendors

The early registration deadline is Oct. 8. No refunds will be issued after Oct. 8. The special room rate will be available through 8 a.m. on Oct. 1. Please follow the instructions on the registration form when making your hotel reservation.

On your registration form, please include the number of people who will be attending the Thursday night dinner and the Friday morning breakfast. Even if you are signing up for the full conference, we would like confirmation of the number attending the dinner and breakfast.

The Tuesday afternoon session will be an AIC course. Registration and payment will be to the AIC. We will post an update when registration for this session opens.

Wednesday night is the designated vendor night.

We will post more details about the fall conference as they become available.

Thank you, and see you at Belterra!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Regional Meetings Set

The Indiana County Auditors' Association is pleased to have sponsored two regional meetings in the month of July. The meetings gave county auditors and their staff members the chance to meet with officials from the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance and the Auditor of State's Office to discuss topics including county revenues and budgets.

For the slide presentation from the Indiana Auditor of State's Local Government Division, click here: Revenue Overview.

For the presentations from the Department of Local Government Finance, click on the following:
Office of Management and Budget Overview
Budget Overview
DLGF Q&A Follow-Up

Below are some scenes from the regional meetings.

North Regional Meeting: July 17, Plymouth
DLGF Commissioner Wesley Bennett leads a discussion at the North regional meeting.
Indiana Auditor of State Tera Klutz addresses the north region county auditors.

Bob Reynolds, Local Government  Division Director with the Indiana Auditor of State's office, gives a presentation on county revenues.

DLGF Budget Director Fred VanDorp discusses assorted budget issues.

DLGF Commissioner Wes Bennett addresses a proposed update to the Sales Disclosure Form.
South Regional Meeting, July 19, Montgomery

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Indiana County Auditors' Association Spring, 2018 Conference 

The Indiana State Board of Accounts' state-called conference with the Indiana Auditors Association is here! County auditors and staff members from throughout Indiana are gathering for a week of training sessions at the Hilton Fort Wayne at the Grand Wayne Center, 1020 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne.

For the conference agenda, click here: 2018 Auditors Spring Agenda Draft

Conference materials are available on the State Board of Accounts website. Get your conference materials by clicking here (scroll down to the "Meeting Materials" section): Spring 2018 Conference materials

For the Activities Agenda (after-conference events), click here: Activities Agenda

The Indiana County Auditors' Association officers get ready to welcome auditors at the spring conference registration table. Left to right: Jennifer Flater of Clay County, secretary; Julie Fox of Marshall County, vice-president; Pauline Graff of Elkhart County, president; Patty Ball of Daviess County, president-elect; Vicki Urbanik of Porter County, treasurer.

May 22: Education Session

  The Tuesday education session was "Budget and Finance," presented by the Association of Indiana Counties. Speakers were Tim Berry and Angie Steeno of Crowe Horwath and Jason Semler of Umbaugh.

Angie Steeno of Crowe Horwath.

Tuesday's education session

Jason Semler of Umbaugh.

May 23-24 Conference

Indiana State Auditor Tera Klutz addresses the county auditors.
DLGF Budget Director Fred Van Dorp addresses the county auditors.

The state-called conference opened with introductory remarks from representatives of the State Board of Accounts, Department of Local Government Finance, and Auditor of State's office.

The Wednesday night activity was bingo led by Jacque Clements of the Association of Indiana Counties.


Thursday, March 8, 2018

Regional Meetings Planned

Mark Your Calendars: The Indiana Auditor’s Association is planning the following regional meetings in July.

July 18: North district meeting. Location and topic to be announced.
July 19: South district meeting. Location and topic to be announced.

We will post the registration forms and more information once details are worked out. Check back on this site and check your emails for updates!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

AIC Legislative Conference, 2018

The Indiana Auditors' Association held our annual affiliate meeting on Jan. 31 at the 2018 AIC Legislative Conference.

During our meeting, DLGF Deputy Commissioner Matthew Parkinson and Local Government Division Director Bob Reynolds of the State Auditor's Office gave an overview of the upcoming abstract and the transition to the Gateway abstract. County Auditors are urged to upload abstract data this year onto Gateway in preparation for a full roll-out of the Gateway abstract in 2019.

Also at our meeting, Legislative Committee Chair Dan Bastin and Association lobbyist Mark Palmer gave an overview of several bills pending in the Indiana Legislature.

Below are some scenes from our affiliate meeting and the AIC Legislative Conference.

At the Indiana Auditors' Association affiliate meeting, county auditors heard an update on the Gateway abstract as well as an overview on pending legislation that affects our offices.

DLGF Deputy Commissioner Matt Parkinson speaks on Gateway abstract.
Morgan County Auditor Dan Bastin, chair of the Legislative Committee, and attorney Mark Palmer (shown) discuss pending legislation affecting tax sales, auditor training, redevelopment commissions, and other issues.

Auditor's Association Vice-President Patty Ball and Auditor of State Tera Klutz.

Gov. Holcomb addresses the AIC attendees.

Auditor of State Tera Klutz addresses the AIC attendees.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Letter from the President Pauline Graff

Dear County Auditors:

Happy New Year!  I can’t believe it is 2018 already.  Going through the Auditor Directory, I have counted 21 Auditors who will end their second term this year.  That is 168 years of experience leaving office on December 31st.  I am sure for all of the 21, including myself, this year is going to be bittersweet.  I feel so fortunate that I was able to have this opportunity to serve the taxpayers of my county. 

Then there are 34 Auditors who are finishing their first term in office.  I hope that the experience and knowledge they have gained will lead them to run for their 2nd term.  We also have eight Auditors who were caucused in to finish a term of the former Auditor, and trust they too, will continue serving their counties.

This year is a short session for our Legislators, so we do not feel there will be a lot of bills affecting our office this year.

We are looking forward to our two conferences this year, the Spring conference in May at the Grand Wayne Center, Fort Wayne and the Fall conference at the Belterra Resort, Florence.  We are also working on having a north and south district meeting.

Our dues letter will be forthcoming.  Please make sure that these are paid as soon as possible.   Our Association Treasurer this year is Vicki Urbanik, Porter County Auditor.  Make sure you are directing your payments for dues and conferences to her this year! 

As always, if you have any questions, please contact your board members or District Vice President.  We are here to help!

Best always,

Pauline E. Graff
President Indiana County Auditor’s Assoc.