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County auditor hopefuls tout training

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Office at a glance

Term: four years, beginning Jan. 1


Salary: $77,896


Duties: As the county's chief financial officer, the auditor is responsible for handling all receipts and disbursements, creating financial statements, completing annual reports for state review and maintaining payroll for more than 1,900 employees. The office also handles all transfers of real property, maintains tax records, controls distributions of tax collections and manages the filing of all applications for tax exemptions and deductions allowable by state statute. The auditor is also secretary to the County Council.


Tera Klutz, Republican
Age: 33

Occupation: chief deputy auditor since 2002

Education: Elmhurst High School, Indiana University, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Family: Married, two children

Michael Reef, Dem- ocrat
Age: 32

Occupation: lead cashier, Pet Smart

Education: Bellmont High School, Brown Mackie College

Family: single
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Tuesday, October 26, 2010 12:30 am
As an office that deals in mostly financial matters, Tera Klutz and Michael Reef agree the auditor's training, skills and performance should trump partisan political considerations. Both candidates insist they best meet those qualifications.Klutz, a CPA and eight-year deputy to Auditor Lisa Blosser, who is prohibited by law from seeking a third term, insists background gives her a big edge.

Seeking her first elective office, Klutz wants to use that knowledge to help the owners of 160,000 parcels in Allen County better understand their tax bills and how their properties are assessed. For the past seven years, the state has changed how property taxes are collected, and she would like to influence how – and whether – future changes are made.

“Taxpayers deserve to have elected officials review and analyze government operations to continue to provide needed services at a lower cost,” Klutz said, adding that she would also work to provide local governments with accurate and timely revenue forecasts so they can establish reasonable budgets.

Reef, who has a degree in accounting, knows he lacks Klutz's hands-on experience. “But I always look at new ideas. I can learn, and I have the customer-services skills to communicate with the public.”

Reef said he would work to control county spending and educate the public about available property tax credits, possibly scheduling days or evenings when property owners are invited to the office to ask questions.

The auditor supervises a staff of 22 employees and an office budget of $1.1 million.

More Information

Office at a glance

Term: four years, beginning Jan. 1


Salary: $77,896


Duties: As the county's chief financial officer, the auditor is responsible for handling all receipts and disbursements, creating financial statements, completing annual reports for state review and maintaining payroll for more than 1,900 employees. The office also handles all transfers of real property, maintains tax records, controls distributions of tax collections and manages the filing of all applications for tax exemptions and deductions allowable by state statute. The auditor is also secretary to the County Council.


Tera Klutz, Republican
Age: 33

Occupation: chief deputy auditor since 2002

Education: Elmhurst High School, Indiana University, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Family: Married, two children

Michael Reef, Dem- ocrat
Age: 32

Occupation: lead cashier, Pet Smart

Education: Bellmont High School, Brown Mackie College

Family: single

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