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The State Auditor's Advisory Council was established in 1999 with the central mission to increase efficiency in crossing government boundaries and improve performance by learning from each other and sharing effective practices. Members of the council focus on initiating a strategic and more innovative approach in disseminating information reports to one another, and strengthening the relationship between state, county, city and town governments. Additionally, the Council members feel that it is important to discover new ways of improving the effectiveness of government through strong leadership and through the use of positive mentoring and training programs. The Council has also set out to utilize the expertise of various educators and technology specialists in order to teach government officials how to utilize new and innovative technological advancements.
The Council usually meets four times a year in various locations throughout the state. Previous meetings have included presentations on issues such as the use of Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) for the disbursal of tax revenues from the State Auditor's office to local governments. Most recently, the Council came together to discuss changes made to the State Personal Property Tax Replacement Credit calculations.
The bi-partisan Council is comprised of auditors, treasurers, clerk-treasurers, and controllers from various counties throughout the State who are appointed to two-year terms by Auditor Berry. To keep pace with the vast advances in technology and government, this group will work to assist other county officials to find solutions they need to achieve their professional goals.