How The County Auditor Works For You
The Illinois statutes provide that larger counties, with a population over 75,000, shall elect the County Auditor to a four year term of office. DuPage County elected its first County Auditor in 1932. (See History of the County Auditor) As the County's only independently elected officer responsible for evaluating and reporting on County operations, the County Auditor examines how and where County money, under the jurisdiction of the DuPage County Board and eight County-wide Elected Officials, is spent, and how efficiently these agencies are operating. The duties of the County Auditor are defined in the statutes, and include:
Scrutinizing County Expenditures
The County Auditor examines all bills to be paid by the County to determine that the expenditures are bona fide. During fiscal year 2014 more than 66,500 bills for goods and services, totaling in excess of $200 million, were audited by the County Auditor. Vouchers exceeding $27.3 million were returned to the originating department for further explanation, documentation, etc.
Reporting on DuPage Finances
Each quarter the County Auditor issues the Quarterly Financial Report, a comprehensive report on DuPage County finances. Copies of the Report are available online.
The County Revenue and Expenditures Report is updated each business day and includes a summary of the financial activity for each Fund and Department with subtotals by budgetary line item and net operating gain or loss.
Monitoring Your Tax Dollars
The County Auditor maintains a complete record of all contracts entered into and expenditures made by the County.
Improving Government Operations
The County Auditor performs independent internal audits of County departments to identify ways of providing DuPage taxpayers with better services and improved controls at less cost.
Abstracts of recent audit reports are available online.
Conserving Your Tax Money
The County Auditor identifies wasteful practices and weak control procedures, and recommends corrective action.
Ensuring Accountability For Assets
In order to determine that DuPage County assets are properly accounted for, the County Auditor conducts audits of the equipment owned by the County.
The County Auditor audits operations under the jurisdiction of the DuPage County Board and eight County-wide Elected Officials. You may use the County Auditor's Audit Hotline to report any issues about these agencies. The County Auditor does not have the statutory authority to audit the following entities which are governed by separate boards: DuPage Airport Authority, DuPage Forest Preserve, DuPage Health Department, DuPage Housing Authority, and DuPage Water Commission. Additionally, legal opinions have determined that the DuPage County Auditor has no audit responsibilities over the DuPage Election Commission. These agencies should be contacted directly if there are any questions and/or concerns over their operations.