What does the Treasurer do?
County Treasurers play a varied and vital role. County Treasurers are responsible for all of the funds and bank accounts of the county. County Treasurers are also responsible for collecting property taxes and distributing them to the political subdivisions throughout the county. This includes cities, schools, rural fire departments, regional agencies, community colleges and other local governments so they can carry out their mission of serving the public. Treasurers are additionally responsible for reporting on a county's finances to the federal government and the public several times a year. Treasurers also serve the very different role of being the agent for the State of Iowa in handling the titling and transfer of motor vehicles. From helping folks who have never sold a car to car dealerships, Treasurers assist in vehicle transactions from simple to complex. A County Treasurer must have experience in handling financial issues for large organizations as well as having a good grasp of the Iowa Code to navigate issues concerning the transfer of property. Above all, a County Treasurer is a servant of the people. The County Treasurer and her or his staff is often a primary county contact for most citizens. The County Treasurer's staff has an opportunity to serve each citizen several times a year when a citizen pays their property taxes or renews their vehicle tags. It is the County Treasurer's duty to ensure that those services are provided as efficiently and with consistent quality customer service.
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