Adel, Iowa – The Dallas County Recorder’s Office closed its 2012 fiscal year books with a surplus of $263,108. At the end of the 2011 fiscal year, the Recorder showed a surplus of $244,069. Chad Airhart, who is serving his first term as Dallas County Recorder said, “My motto when it comes to government dollars is that we spend less than we take in. Families in Dallas County and across Iowa are doing more with less everyday and I believe it is incumbent upon us in government to do the same.”

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 Dallas County 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 general fund. Airhart said, “It seems the price of just about everything is going up these days; I am proud that the Recorder’s Office has been able to save resources and give over $500,000 back to the County to benefit other departments and projects these last two years.”

In addition to the surplus, the Recorder’s Office announced today that they have neared completion of a project indexing 40 years of land records. Over the coming weeks and months, this indexing and digital images of these records, will be uploaded to Iowa Land Records is the official statewide web portal sponsored by county elected officials to provide access to county and statewide land records and related information. “Forty years of indexed records and images is more than any other county in Iowa has available. We have worked hard to complete this project, and we look forward to Iowa Land Records having these records available for the public to search.”

During Airhart’s time in office, the Dallas County Recorder’s Office and its staff have proved that you can be productive and efficient at the same time. “As the fastest growing county in Iowa, and the seventh fastest growing in America, there are many requests and demands put upon our office,” said Airhart. “Our staff has handled these demands extremely well while sharing a vision of providing our records electronically. The successes our office has experienced these past 18 months are shared by our entire staff.”