Auditor-Treasurer's Office

  1. Vital Records Move to Auditor-Treasurer's Office

    Vital records such as birth certificates, death certificates, marriage licenses, marriage certificates, and military discharge documents are now available on the main level of the Historic Courthouse in the Auditor-Treasurer's Office. Read on...
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Duties

  • Elections
  • Expiration of Redemption Notices
  • Forfeited properties
  • Licensing
  • Official filings
  • Passports
  • Plats
  • Property information
  • Property taxes
  • Real estate transactions
  • Tax information
  • Tax-forfeited property
  • Vital Records
  • Voting

Financial Administration  

The Auditor-Treasurer’s Office is responsible for the preparation of the payroll for all county employees. Included in the payroll responsibilities are the payment of all payroll taxes, insurance premiums, and pension benefits.

The Auditor-Treasurer operates and maintains an accounting system that provides a detailed accounting for the General Revenue and Ditch Funds of the County. The Auditor-Treasurer maintains a summary accounting of the Road and Bridge and Welfare Funds. The detailed accounting of these funds is carried out by the individual departments. Each month the Auditor-Treasurer prepares a trial balance to provide the historic checks and balances. 

In addition to the accounting process, the County Auditor-Treasurer maintains the cash management and investment function. Surplus funds are to be invested pursuant to Minnesota Statutes. Income derived from these types of investments is used to reduce the tax levy each year.

Licensing

The Auditor-Treasurer is responsible for issuing the following licenses:

  • Auctioneer
  • Beer
  • Dance
  • Liquor
  • Tobacco
  • Transient merchant licenses
  • Wine

The County is currently in the process of considering revisions to the Tobacco Ordinance. A public hearing has been scheduled for September 7, 2021, at the regular County Board meeting, to consider the draft ordinance. 

Draft Tobacco Ordinance (PDF)

Services

The Auditor-Treasurer's Office also provides services pertaining to vital statistics, such as recording land transfers and providing copies of birth certificates. Staff can also help residents with genealogy requests.