The County Auditor is an elected official for a 4-year term.


The Auditor's Office maintains the official financial records for the county. These duties include accounts receivable, accounts payable, periodic financial reports and the annual financial statement for the county. Payroll and employee benefits are also maintained and processed.


The Auditor's Office is the keeper of the financial records for each drainage system and is responsible for filing ditch liens and assessments for maintenance.


The Auditor serves as the chief election officer of the county. In this capacity, the Auditor is responsible for training election judges and officials, printing ballots, registering voters, absentee ballot administration, filing certain candidates, and providing ballots and election supplies to the 30 voting precincts of the county. The Auditor's Office also maintains current voter information for the county on the Statewide Voter Registration System.  See Quick Links on right side of screen.


The Auditor's Office provides license service for retail sales of beer, liquor, and tobacco. Other licenses include auctioneer, public fireworks display and transient merchant.

Notice of County Offices to be on the November General Ballot:

County Commissioner Districts on Ballot:
District 2:  Forest City Township, Harvey Township, Litchfield Township, City of Litchfield, Wards 1 & 5
District 3:  Acton Township, City of Cedar Mills, Cedar Mills Township, Collinwood Township, City of Cosmos, Cosmos Township, Danielson Township, Ellsworth Township, Greenleaf Township
District 4: City of Dassel, Dassel Township, City of Kingston and Kingston Township

Soil and Water Conservation Districts on Ballot:
District 1:  Harvey, Manannah, Swede Grove and Union Grove Townships
District 2:  Forest City, Forest Prairie and Kingston Townships
District 4:  Acton, Darwin and Litchfield Townships

Parcel Ownership
The Auditor's Office maintains up-to-date records of the ownership, addresses, and legal descriptions on each parcel of land in the county. Daily changes are made involving transfers, sales, splits, mortgages, etc. The property tax link below is updated daily to show the most recent payment information, and annually in March to show ownership and parcel specific legal descriptions.


The Auditor calculates the tax capacity rates on which all taxes are levied, and computes taxes on each of the approximately 18,000 parcels of land for real and personal property. These taxes are based on the budgets of the county, townships, cities, school districts, and special taxing districts. See 2016 Initial Tax Rates. Special assessments for cities, county and townships, as certified, are calculated and assigned to the proper parcel for collection and then remitted to the taxing districts. 

The office maintains the status of delinquent tax records, applying late penalties, fees and interest, and mails and publishes notices as required by State Statute.  To obtain your payment status you can access that information by clicking on Tax Payment Status.