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.

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