The City's Charter states, "The Auditor shall be an elector of the City, and be elected for a term of four years . . ." The Charter also sets forth the auditor's powers and duties and states, in part:
The auditor shall be the city's chief accounting officer. He shall keep, in accurate, systematized detail a record of the receipts, disbursements, assets, and liabilities of the city, and the recorded facts shall be presented periodically to officials and to the public in such summaries and analytical schedules as shall be necessary to show the full effect of such transactions for each fiscal year upon the finances of the city and in relation to each department of the city government, including distinct summaries and schedules for each public utility owned or operated.
The Auditor's Office is comprised of two divisions: the Auditor's Office and Income Tax:
- The Auditor's Office is responsible for processing, recording, maintaining, and reporting all financial transactions of the City.
- The Columbus Income Tax Division is charged with the collection, audit and enforcement of the municipal income tax pursuant to Chapter 361 of the Columbus City Codes and the collection of the hotel/motel tax for the city and the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority.