Dallas County Recorder Chad Airhart Reports Substantial First Term Surplus & Accomplishments

(Waukee, IA) – It’s rare in government that we hear about elected officials and politicians sticking to their budgets. Let alone being under budget, but that is exactly what Dallas County Recorder Chad Airhart has done every year of his first term in office.

Four years ago Airhart ran for Recorder and unseated a 22-year incumbent. He ran as a small government conservative with the cornerstone of his campaign being efficiencies. Regarding the financial state of the Recorder’s Office, Airhart said “It is easy for candidates for public office to talk about being fiscally conservative with taxpayer dollars, but it is often not as easy for them to follow through. I am proud of the way we have managed the funds entrusted to us for the services we provide.”

In FY 2014, the Dallas County Recorder’s Office returned $241,380, or just over 30% of the Recorder’s revenues, to the County General Fund. The Recorder does not take property tax dollars to function. Every office supply, technology, salary & benefit is paid for by fees received for services provided. In almost all instances, those fees are set by the Legislature in the Iowa Code. The surplus remaining at the end of the fiscal year is returned to the County General Fund and acts as a tax savings in the coming year as those surplus dollars lessen the amount needed to be collected from the property tax payers for the county to function.

To take a snap shot of Airhart’s first term as Recorder, his office returned $1,136,861 to the county general fund as surplus dollars, creating a substantial savings to the Dallas County taxpayer.

Airhart is 37 years old, and rather than focus on just one or two issues, he has focused on restructuring the entire office and streamlining government. Focusing on better processes and technology to record and return documents to the preparers in a more timely manner, on imaging historic records and providing services, forms and records online. With new processes and technologies, the office can more quickly process a record than it could just a few years ago. Recently the office imaged and indexed every record back to 1971 and imaged and indexed every military discharge record back to 1919. “Some might say it is management by statistics. The numbers don’t lie,” said Airhart. “It’s a tall order and tedious work, and we have seen record numbers of filings these past 4 years. The taxpayers and voters deserve to know the work being done on their behalf to make government work in a more efficient manner, and I proudly will talk about the accomplishments our staff in the Recorder’s Office has seen these past 4 years.”

Recently Airhart was awarded the Carl Ernst Scholarship & Award from the Property Records Industry Association for his work during his first term. He was the only government official given the award in the Country. Airhart is on the ballot this November and is running unopposed for a second term as Dallas County Recorder. For more information on the Chad Airhart, visit www.chadairhart.com.