Monday, July 19, 2021

Auditors' 2021 North-South Conference


The Indiana County Auditors' Association held our 2021 North-South Conference on July 13 in Brown County and July 15 in Marshall County. We had a mix of speakers -- some were from county auditor offices and others were from governmental agencies or the private sector. Topics included the American Rescue Plan Act, human resources, county highway departments, Excel tips, and legislative priorities.  Attendance totaled nearly 200 over the two days.   

Thank you so much to everyone --  auditors and deputies, vendors, and guest speakers -- who attended our event, making it a successful learning and networking experience! We will let our auditors know when presentation materials are available.

Here are some scenes of our 2021 North-South conference.

 

Shown here is our South session, held at the Seasons Lodge in Nashville, Ind. Our North session was held at Swan Lake Resort in Plymouth, Ind.

 Jeremy York, representing the Society for Human Resources Management, was our HR speaker at the South conference.
 HR speaker at the North conference was Kent Irwin, of Waggoner, Irwin, Scheele & Associates.


 

The Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC) is a federal oversight agency of COVID-19 funding. Lisa Reijula, Associate Director of Outreach and Engagement at PRAC, presented at the North session on PRAC's work in tracking and reporting on COVID-19 spending. She is shown in the above photo being introduced by Association President Vicki Urbanik.



A live Zoom presentation with U.S. Treasury advisors was part of our American Rescue Plan Act segment at the North session. Matthew Aks and Mark Bussow, senior advisors with the Treasury's Office of Recovery Programs, gave auditors an update and overview of the Coronavirus State and Local  Fiscal Recovery Funds.


Heidi Amsbaugh, a director with Baker Tilly, presented at both sessions on the American Rescue Plan. She is shown here discussing premium pay, one of the eligible uses of the Fiscal Recovery Funds.


Another eligible use of the Fiscal Recovery Funds is replacement of lost revenue. The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) has developed a revenue replacement calculator that can be used by counties and other entities in calculating their funding losses. The GFOA prepared a video for our North-South sessions that outlined their calculator as well as compliance and reporting requirements.

David Bottorff, executive director of the Association of Indiana Counties, spoke at the North session about an AIC project to collect data from counties on how they are using their ARPA revenues. Dustin Renner, AIC's Deputy Legislative Director, joined us at the South session.


Starke County Auditor Rachel Oesterreich, ICAA Secretary, presented at both sessions on "Communication between County Auditors and County Highway Departments." 


Porter County Budget and Finance Director Tiffany Johnson presented at both sessions on "Excel Tips."

Also joining us at both sessions -- via a Zoom meeting -- was Allen County Auditor Nick Jordan, co-chair of the ICAA's Legislative Committee. Nick presented on our draft 2022 Legislative Platform that he and other committee members have prepared.



Indiana County Auditors' Association 2021 Board members  (left to right): Treasurer Christina Sriver (in above photo); President-Elect Jennifer Flater (both photos); President Vicki Urbanik (both photos); Vice-President Debbie Stevens (in photo at right); Secretary Rachel Oesterreich (both photos); and Past-President Julie Fox (both photos). 













 

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Summer 2021 North-South Trainings Set


The Indiana County Auditors' Association is pleased to announce the return of our summer North-South training sessions. Our 2021 meetings will be:

  • South: Tuesday, July 13, The Seasons Lodge, Nashville, Ind.
  • North: Thursday, July 15, Swan Lake Resort, Plymouth, Ind.
Presentations will include:

  • American Rescue Plan Act and the Local Fiscal Recovery Fund: Eligible expenses, oversight, calculating revenue reductions
  • Human Resources 
  • Communication between County Highway Departments and County Auditors
  • Excel Tips
  • Auditors' 2022 Legislative Priorities
Click on the following for the agenda (updated as of June 30, 2021): North-South Agenda

Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time, with presentations starting at 9 a.m. There is no cost to attend for County Auditors and deputies. Lunch is also complimentary.

Vendors are also invited. Tables will be provided upon request for vendor associate members who wish to set up an informational display.

Advance registration is required by July 6 for all attendees. 

Click on the following for the registration form for Auditors: Auditor 2021 North-South Registration Form

Click on the following for the registration form for Vendors:  Vendor 2021 North-South Registration Form


Return your registration form by July 6 to ICAA Treasurer Christina Sriver at: auditor@co.fulton.in.us  



We're pleased to offer our North-South meetings again, after canceling last year due to COVID-19.

We hope to see you all in July!


Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Mark Your Calendars: Upcoming Training


Spring 2021 Quadrant Conference Underway!

The State Board of Accounts-called spring 2021 Auditors' conference is now underway.

Following the Part I virtual session, the in-person quadrant meetings will be held on the following dates and locations: 

Northwest Quadrant: Wednesday, May 19, Marshall County Building, Plymouth 

Northeast Quadrant: Thursday, May 20, Hamilton County Fairgrounds, Noblesville

Southwest Quadrant: Tuesday, May 25, Gasthof Amish Village, Montgomery

Southeast Quadrant: Wednesday, May 26, Mid-America Science Park, Scottsburg

All sessions will begin with registration at 8 a.m. Eastern time, with the training to begin at 9 a.m.

The SBOA has assigned each county to a specific meeting site. Please check the "2021 Quad Call Letter" that was emailed on Friday, April 16 for your designated site. If you cannot attend your assigned site, email counties@sboa.in.gov.

All locations are limited in the number of attendees. Each in-person meeting is limited to one person from each county auditor office. Social distancing will be practiced at each site. Attendees are urged to take proper safety precautions, including bringing hand sanitizer and wearing a mask. 

More information is available in the Call Letter and Agendas:




The materials presented at the May 11 virtual session are posted on the SBOA website and at the links below:



Auditors' Spring Conference Part I: Lori Rogers and Ricci Hofherr give a virtual presentation.



Friday, March 19, 2021

American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

 The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act was signed into law by President Biden on March 11, 2021. Among its many provisions, the Act establishes the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund, which includes $65.1 billion to counties.

 On Friday, March 19, AIC Executive Director David Bottorff and State Board of Accounts County Supervisor Lori Rogers hosted a live-streamed presentation about the ARP. To watch the video, click here: AIC and SBOA Discussion on ARP  

Here are some highlights, followed by links to several resources:

--Counties will have through the end of 2024 to spend their allocations.

AIC and SBOA presentation on the ARP
--County Commissioners will need to adopt an ordinance establishing the county's ARP funds. All expenditures out of the ARP funds must be appropriated by the County Council. The expenditures will follow the normal claims process.

--It will be important for County Commissioners and Councils to work together to think strategically and develop a long-term plan for use of the money.

--It will be crucial for counties to develop strong internal controls over the expenditures.


--The local ordinance should list allowable uses of the ARP funds and reference the county's plan. The ordinance and plan can be amended as needed.

--At this time, Treasury is working on guidance. It is possible that the U.S. Congress or Treasury may amend the guidance in the future.

--The first distribution of funds is expected in early May, 2021. The second distribution will occur in 2022.

Resources:

The National Association of Counties has a COVID-19 Recovery Clearinghouse page that includes the latest updates on the American Rescue Plan and county-by-county allocations.

For the SBOA Directive applicable to counties, cities, and towns that addresses accounting for the ARP funds, click here: State Examiner Directive 2021-1

For the SBOA March 18, 2021 memorandum that addresses accounting processes for the ARP, click here: March 18, 2021 Memorandum




Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Membership Dues Time!

 Dear Auditors and Associate Members,

It's that time of year again -- time to renew your membership in the Indiana County Auditors' Association.

County auditors recently received an email with the 2021 membership letter. The letter can be accessed on the "Association Business" tab or by clicking on the following link: 2021 Auditor Membership Letter.

Associate memberships are also now open for 2021. The letter for vendors to join as Associate members is also on the Association Business page or by clicking here: 2021 Vendor Membership Letter

Membership dues should be mailed to the 2021 Treasurer at the following address: Christina Sriver, Fulton County Auditor, 125 E. 9th St., Rochester, IN 46975

Thank you auditors and vendors for your ongoing support of the Indiana County Auditors' Association!

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Welcome to a new year!

Dear County Auditors,
 
Happy New Year!

As we are filled with the hope and promise that a new year brings, let’s briefly reflect on the very difficult year just concluded.

The coronavirus health crisis may have impacted us in different ways personally. But as county auditors, we collectively shared similar challenges.

While our offices were shut down and staff were remote working or out sick, we often had to do more with less. We had to carry out our  responsibilities under new pressures and revised procedures. We were given a significant new role with our county’s CARES Act federal grants. We had to master the art of teleconference meetings. We had to be flexible and compromise and expect the unexpected --  all the while making payroll, issuing tax bills, finishing settlement, certifying net AVS, preparing budgets, handling a rise in re-financings, and everything in between. 

What a year it was to be a county auditor!

We survived. And we gained new insights!

As we begin 2021, join me in wishing a very heartfelt farewell to the out-going county auditors. You have served your constituents with dedication and professionalism, and we will miss you. Good luck to you all in your new endeavors.

Join me also in welcoming the 13 newly elected auditors. We are eager to get to know you and support you.

Personally, I am excited to see what new opportunities await in 2021 to help us all serve the taxpayers effectively and efficiently. Our hope as an Association is to have a full agenda this year. We have much to do, and much to learn from each other. Together, we will be well prepared to carry out our Association's mission:

“To provide the highest standard of excellence in assisting
and representing County Auditors of the State of Indiana”
 
Onward to a new and fantastic year!

Stay healthy,


   
   Vicki Urbanik
    Porter County Auditor
    2021 Auditors' Association President