Stewards of Public Funds
The Lucas County Auditor is the watchdog of County funds. As the County’s Chief Financial Officer, it is the Auditor’s responsibility to:
• Account for millions of dollars received by the County each year;
• Issue payments for all County obligations, including the distribution of tax dollars to the townships, villages, cities, school districts, libraries, and other County agencies;
• Administer and distribute tax and license revenues including real estate taxes, personal property taxes, motor vehicle license fees, gasoline taxes, estate taxes, manufactured home taxes, local government funds, and other state subsidies.
• Administer the County payroll; and
• Produce the County’s annual financial report.
Weights and Measures
The Lucas County Auditor’s office helps protect County residents and businesses by ensuring that all commercial weighing and measuring devices are accurate. The department checks gas pumps, price scanners, and meat and produce scales regularly. In 2012, the Auditor’s office inspected 5,327 devices at 594 locations throughout the County.
Licensing for dogs, kennels, vendors, and cigarettes are issued by the Auditor’s office. Vendor licenses authorize businesses to sell tangible property to the public and collect sales tax, a part of which is returned for use at the local level. In 2012, Lucas County issued 64,807 dog licenses and 63 kennel licenses, while implementing the County’s first online dog tag renewal process.
Real Estate Appraisal and Assessment
The Auditor is responsible for setting a fair and equitable value for each of the 200,000+ parcels in Lucas County. By Ohio law, the County Auditor must do a complete reappraisal every 6 years and an update based on market trends 3 years after a reappraisal. A reappraisal was conducted in 2012 and an update will be performed in 2015.