Frequently Asked Questions About the County Auditor
Does the County Auditor operate as part of the County's Finance
No. The County Auditor is an independently elected official
accountable to the voters of DuPage County. While the Finance Department is
responsible for maintaining the County's accounting and budget records, the
County Auditor provides an independent evaluation of how and where County money
is spent, and how efficiently County operations are run.
Does the County
Auditor maintain the County's accounting and budget records?
counties with a population of 275,000 or less, the county auditor is also the
county's general accountant, but in larger counties, including DuPage County,
this function is performed by another department. Since the County Auditor does
not maintain the accounting and budget records, he can provide an independent
evaluation of those records.
Does the County Auditor audit the County's
annual financial report?
No. DuPage County's Comprehensive Annual
Financial Report (CAFR) is produced by the Finance Department and is audited by
a private firm of Certified Public Accountants.
Does the County Auditor
audit local taxing bodies in DuPage County, or businesses that operate in the
The County Auditor is responsible for auditing the records,
operations, and resources under the jurisdiction of the DuPage County Board and
eight County-wide Elected Officials. There are many other taxing bodies within
the borders of DuPage County, such as the DuPage Airport Authority, DuPage
Election Commission, DuPage Forest Preserve, DuPage Health Department, DuPage
Housing Authority, DuPage Water Commission, municipalities, townships, school
districts, and other special districts. These bodies are separate and distinct
from DuPage County government, and the County Auditor does not audit them. Nor
does the County Auditor audit private businesses operating in DuPage County. In
some cases, the County Auditor may audit records maintained by businesses
providing goods or services to the County, when the amounts billed to the County
are based on actual costs or reimbursement of out of pocket costs incurred by
the business. In these cases, the records that the County Auditor may audit are
limited to those supporting the amounts billed to the County.
the County Auditor do that is different than what other offices or departments
- The County Auditor audits all bills to be paid by the County
that have been processed by the Finance Department, and recommends to the County
Board the payment or rejection of the bills.
- The County Auditor is the
only office that performs independent audits of County systems and operations.
These audits evaluate how County resources are handled, recorded, and used, so
that resources are protected from loss or misuse; determine whether procedures
comply with policy decisions made by the County Board and with State and Federal
law; and recommend operating improvements to County management. Reports of the
audit results are presented to the County Board and to the management of the
- The County Auditor investigates confidential
allegations of waste and misuse of County resources.
- The County Auditor
prepares the only quarterly report of County finances readily available to
DuPage County citizens.
Where can I get a copy of an audit report
or the quarterly report?
Call the Office of the County Auditor at
630-407-6075 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on business days, and we'll be
happy to send you a copy. Quarterly reports are also available online. A list of
recent audit reports is
What standards does the County Auditor use in
performing audits of County operations?
While Illinois statutes do not
prescribe standards to be used in performing audits, the County Auditor
voluntarily complies with the Government Auditing Standards published by the Comptroller
General of the United States.
How much is the annual budget for the
With a Fiscal Year 2017 appropriation of $542,897, about a nickle per month for each DuPage County resident goes to fund the
operations of the County Auditor.
What should I do if I suspect that
County resources are being wasted or misused?
Please call the Audit
Hotline 630-75-AUDIT, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You needn't leave your name. If you can be specific about the suspected waste or
misuse it will greatly increase the chance that we can confirm it. All
information will be held in the strictest confidence.