Buchanan County Auditor

With the Coronoavirus (COVID-19) still an active epidemic throughout the State, as well as, the Country, the Buchanan County Board of Supervisors will be implementing temporary safety measures in accordance with the Governor's Proclamation involving Social Distancing and Building Capacity guidelines.  For an update, click on the COVID-19 link.

The Buchanan County Board of Supervisors made the decision on July 6, 2020 to open the county buildings to the public starting July 13, 2020.  Upon arrival, customers will be required to wear a mask before entering all county buildings. 

We want to encourage all residents to use online payment services; mail or use the drop box located in the parking lot of the courthouse for payments.  Many services provided by county departments can be done online or information is available on the county's website regarding proper paperwork that can be completed and mailed to the appropriate office or dropped off in the drop box.  If you have questions regarding a service please telephone or e-mail the appropriate office.

Passport applications will remain by appointment only.  Please call 319-334-4109 for an appointment.

The office of the County Auditor was created in 1870 as part of a revamping of county government.  The duties of the office covered as that had previously been given to the County Judge in 1851, in the first Code of Iowa, and then to the Clerk of Court in 1861, with the formation of the Board of Supervisors.  The State Legislature added the duties of Commissioner of Elections in the early 1970's.The Institute of Public Affairs has labeled the Auditor's Office as the "Hub of County Government."  The County Auditor is an elected position with a term of four years.   The Auditor has many responsibilities and works closely with all the County Departments.

  • County Financial Officer
  • Commissioner of Elections
  • Clerk to the Board of Supervisors
  • Human Resources
  • Overseer of the County Plats - Real Estate Records
  • Custodian of the Courthouse, under direction of the Board

Other tasks performed by the Auditor's office include:


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  • Filing and maintaining insurance policies and surety bonds.
  • Filing Manure Management Plans and Livestock Confinement Construction Permits.
  • Acceptance Facility for the processing of passports.
  • Preparing reports required by the Bureau of Census, Bureau of Labor, OSHA, and Workforce Development of Iowa.
  • Fees for copies, faxes, plat books, etc.

Auditor's Office is located:  1st Floor of Courthouse - 210 5th Ave. NE, Independence, IA
Phone:  (319) 334-4109
Fax:  (319) 334-4234
Email:  auditor@co.buchanan.ia.us