Melissa A. Betz – began 1st term in March 1999
The duties of the Pickaway County Auditor are as follows:
CHIEF FISCAL OFFICER
The County Auditor is the Chief Fiscal Officer in each County. It is his/her responsibility to account for the millions of dollars received each year by each County and to issue warrants (checks) in payment of all County obligations, including the distribution of tax dollars to the townships, villages, cities, school districts and library systems as well as other county agencies. The Auditor's General Accounting Department is the watchdog over all county funds and maintains the official records of all receipts, disbursements and fund balances. The Auditor also distributes motor vehicle license fees, gasoline taxes, estate taxes, fines and local government funds in addition to real estate, personal property and manufactured home taxes.
CHIEF PAYROLL OFFICER
As Chief Payroll Officer of the County, the Auditor is responsible for the preparation and distribution of the payroll for all County Employees. The Auditor must prepare required reports for both State and Federal Agencies, deposit the required payroll taxes in a timely manner and maintain the confidentiality of the payroll information as well as the accuracy of the information. The Auditor also places garnishments against a County Employees wages and forwards the money to the appropriate agency.
The State of Ohio has more than 5.5 million separate parcels of real property. It is the duty of the Auditor to see that every parcel of land and the buildings thereon are fairly and uniformly appraised and assessed for tax purposes. A general reappraisal is mandated by Ohio law every six years with an update at the three year midpoint. The office maintains a detailed record of the appraisal on each parcel in the county. These records are open for public inspection. For taxation purposes, you are assessed at 35% of fair market value. The Auditor also assess the taxes for Manufactured homes.
The Auditor's office is the focal point in the county for issuance of licenses for dogs, kennels, vendors and cigarettes. Dog licenses comprise the largest number of licenses sold. The annual dog registration is a service designed to benefit the animal, its owner and the community. Vendor licenses authorize businesses to sell tangible property to the public and collect sales tax, a part of which is returned for use on the local level.
The Auditor is the Sealer of Weights and Measures for the entire County, thus protecting the general public from the possible loss which may occur from faulty measuring devices, such as scales and pumps. The Auditor is charged with the responsibility of insuring that all State laws relating to weights and measures are strictly enforced.
- Board of Revision, Secretary
- Tax Incentive Review Council - Member
- Records Commission - Member