Monday, December 31, 2018

A Letter from the President:

Dear County Auditors,

Happy New Year!

As we ring in the New Year, we prepare for 2019 to be a year of transitions! NEW is the word for 2019!!

We have new Officers, we have new Auditors, and we have new opportunities in our Association!

With the changes, we will have challenges but I feel confident that our Association will not only take on these new challenges but also will maximize our desire to advance our mission statement as stated in our bylaws:

“To provide the highest standard of excellence in assisting
and representing County Auditors of the State of Indiana”

We have the privilege to serve our Counties, and through our Association, each other and  the State of Indiana.

We serve with honor and integrity! 

Through education and partnerships, we strive to increase our knowledge and our experience to be the best Auditors possible.

I trust that each of you will join me and our Executive Board to not only see a vision for the future but also  to work together to set those goals high and begin to achieve those goals, beginning today!

I look forward to serving you this year as your President.

Patty Ball
Daviess County Auditor

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Welcome, County Auditors!

The Indiana County Auditors' Association welcomes all new and returning county auditors to public service. We are looking forward to another great year fulfilling our mission: "To provide the highest standard of excellence in assisting and representing County Auditors of the State of Indiana."

Our association participated in the Newly Elected Officials (NEO) training sponsored by the Indiana Association of Counties Dec. 12-14 in Indianapolis. The NEO training gave us an opportunity to introduce ourselves, network with each other, and share information and resources.

Below are scenes from our Auditor Association break-out meeting at the NEO training on Friday, Dec. 14. Scroll down for some of the information and announcements we shared at our meeting.

2019 Officers: The 2019 Indiana County Auditors' Association officers are (left to right): President-elect Julie Fox of Marshall County, Secretary Debbie Stevens of Warrick County, President Patty Ball of Daviess County, Treasurer Jennifer Flater of Clay County, and                 Vice-President Vicki Urbanik of Porter County.

Networking at the NEO

President Patty Ball welcomes new auditors.

Jacque Clements of the AIC and ICAA President Patty Ball

ICAA Vice-President Vicki Urbanik 

ICAA Secretary Debbie Stevens

Auditor of State Tera Klutz

Announcements and More:

Spring Conference:  Our spring conference will be held May 21-24 at French Lick in West Baden, Ind. Conference registration forms will be emailed to county auditors and posted on this site as soon as they become available.

District and Regional meetings: Auditor Association District Vice-Presidents will host educational meetings in each of our six districts, tentatively in March or April. In addition, the Association will host North and South meetings, tentatively in July. Information about these events will be posted and emailed once it becomes available.

Auditor Dues: The deadline for County Auditors to submit their 2019 dues is March 1. Dues are 1.5% of each auditor's salary and sent to Treasurer Jennifer Flater. Watch your email for your dues letter in January.

Contact Info: Need to contact an Association leader? Names and contact information for Association Officers, District VPs, Legislative Committee members, and Education Committee members can be found under the "Officers" tab at the top.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Fall, 2018 Conference 

Our fall conference was held Oct. 23 - 26 at Belterra Casino Resort in Florence, Ind.

County auditors from throughout Indiana gathered for the State Board of Accounts-called conference. Educational sessions included the following topics: IRS payroll issues, settlement, capital assets, excise taxes, GAAP financial statements, active shooters, abstract, and Tax Increment Financing districts.

Indiana County Auditors' Association officers (left to right): Vice-President Julie Fox of Marshall County, Secretary Jennifer Flater of Clay County, President Pauline Graff of Elkhart County, President-Elect Patty Ball of Daviess County, Treasurer Vicki Urbanik of Porter County.

This year at conference, we honored County Auditors whose terms are ending at the end of 2018. Thank you, auditors, for your dedication to public service!

Following the conference, the Auditors' Association held its fall business meeting. Auditors elected the 2019 District Vice-Presidents, as well as the 2019 slate of officers for the Association: Patty Ball, President; Julie Fox, President-Elect; Vicki Urbanik, Vice-President; Jennifer Flater, Treasurer; and Deborah Stevens, Secretary.

In progress: Videos of the conference training sessions will be posted soon; check back under the "Videos" tab. For the meeting minutes and treasurer reports, see the "Association Business" tab.

Scenes from Conference

Bob Reynolds, Local Government Division Director at the State Auditor's Office, speaks at conference on Gateway abstract.
Tuesday night euchre with State Auditor Tera Klutz.
Fred Van Dorp, DLGF Budget Director, speaks at conference about CNAVs, budgets, deadlines, and more.

Welcome to conference: Association Vice-President Julie Fox (left) and President-Elect Patty Ball (right).

At the registration table: President-Elect Patty Ball, President Pauline Graff, Treasurer Vicki Urbanik.

Lisa Lee of Ice Miller and Matt Eckerle of HJ Umbaugh and Associates give a presentation about TIFs.

Treasurer Vicki Urbanik with the registration list.

Thursday evening entertainment: Concrete Country Cowboys


Recognition of County Auditors 

At our Thursday evening dinner, we honored the county auditors whose terms are expiring at the end of 2018 and who are leaving office. Incoming Association President Patty Ball presented each auditor in attendance with a certificate honoring them for their years of service. We wish each one well as they pursue new adventures. Congratulations, auditors!

Conference Information

For the SBOA call letter, click on the following: SBOA Conference Call Letter
For the agenda, click on the following: Auditors Fall Conference Agenda
For the Activities Agenda, click on the following: Activities Agenda

The Tuesday afternoon session will be an AIC Institute for Excellence in County Government course, "Leadership 2018: Conflict Coaching." To attend this course, you must register and remit payment to the AIC. Click on the following: AIC Course

A note to vendors: You may start setting up your display table at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 23. Take-down is by the end of the sessions on Oct. 26.

A note about GAAP reporting: As outlined in emails sent to County Auditors from the SBOA, the last topic to be presented at conference on Wednesday, Oct. 24 will be GAAP financial statements. RSM representatives will speak on GAAP reporting during the session. Counties with a population greater than 100,000 that will be issuing bonds in 2020 will be required to prepare GAAP-compliant statements for their debt. The SBOA encourages all county auditors to attend this session. As the SBOA noted, even if your county isn't currently affected, your status could change following the 2020 census. Further, GAAP reporting might be required in the future. 

A note about the 2019-20 Directory: Planning has begun for our 2019-20 Directory. If you have a photo that you would like to use for the directory, you can turn it in at conference. We will also be taking headshot photos at conference for any county auditor who would like a new directory photo. The new directory will be available at the spring, 2019 conference.

If you still need to register, the early bird registration ended Oct. 8. You may still register by using the following links:

Conference registration -- Vendors

On your registration forms, please indicate the number who will attend the Thursday evening dinner and the Friday morning breakfast. We need these numbers in order to give the conference site an accurate meal count so that we order the correct number of meals.

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