July 12, 2011

Adel, Iowa – The Dallas County Recorder’s Office closed its 2011 fiscal year books with a surplus of $244,069. Dallas County Recorder Chad Airhart, who is in his first term and was responsible for the fiscal year for the last 6 months, praised his staff and his predecessor, Cindy Hol, for the surplus.

“Upon entering office in January, I was immediately tasked with writing the fiscal year 2012 budget,” said Airhart. “In doing so, I found areas in the 2011 budget I felt could be trimmed. The ‘belt tightening’ was felt by, and agreed upon by our entire staff. Combine the reductions with better than expected revenues as Dallas County has grown, and we find ourselves with a larger surplus than expected.”

The Recorder’s Office is one of the only departments in Dallas County that is self sufficient and does not require property tax dollars to function. The Recorder’s Office functions from fees collected for the services they provide. Most of the fees are set by statute in the State Legislature. The surplus means dollars that have been collected through fees by the Recorder’s Office will go back to the County, and go towards other departments and projects in the County, lessening the burden on the back of the property tax payer in Dallas County.

“In addition to providing the services our office is tasked with, being an elected official requires us to make long term decisions and allocate resources in the most efficient manner possible,” said Airhart. The County Recorder’s Office spent 67.5%, or $508,826, of the $752,895 that was collected in revenue.  $551,074 of that revenue was appropriated for expenses, and the Recorders saved $42,247, or 7.67% of appropriated dollars. “With costs increasing on everything from health insurance to paper, I am proud of the fact that the Recorder’s Office is able to save resources as we did this year and give back to the County in the way that we have.”

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Note: In the 2012 Fiscal Year, the Recorder & all three Supervisors are the only elected officials not taking a pay raise. This also means that deputies in the Recorder’s Office will not see pay raises as they are paid on a percentage of the department heads salary.