FY 2016 Appropriation

The State Auditor is the elected, independent auditor of the state. The mission of the Office of the State Auditor is to provide Utah taxpayers and government officials with an independent assessment of financial operation, statutory compliance, and performance management for state and local government. This has helped Utah to be recognized as one of the best managed states, having financially strong and well-run state and local governments.

Funding History
Appropriation Overview

During the 2015 General Session, the Legislature appropriated for Fiscal Year 2016, $6,309,500 from all sources for Office of the State Auditor. This is a 17.9 percent increase from Fiscal Year 2015 revised estimated amounts from all sources. The total includes $3,212,300 from the General/Education Funds, a reduction of 9.1 percent from revised Fiscal Year 2015 estimates.

Appropriation Adjustments

In addition to statewide compensation and internal service fund cost increases, the following appropriation adjustments were made during the 2015 General Session:

DescriptionOngoingOne-Time Attorney General Dedicated Credit Adjustments$4,300$0
OngoingOne-TimeFinancing Source
$4,300$0General Fund
This item designates additional funding appropriated to an agency to pay higher costs for Attorney General services, due to statewide and AG-specific compensation increases.
Auditor Billings Technical Correction$57,500$0
OngoingOne-TimeFinancing Source
$57,500$0General Fund
With the shift of Auditor funding from General Fund to dedicated credits, $712,500 was shifted when only $655,000 should have been shifted. This technical correction returns the balance to the Auditor budget.
Auditor Staff$101,000$0
OngoingOne-TimeFinancing Source
$101,000$0General Fund
This is a reallocation from base budget reductions. The Auditor's Office will decide whether to hire a performance auditor or a waste, fraud, and abuse investigator.
Executive Compensation$39,500 ($39,500)
OngoingOne-TimeFinancing Source
$20,900$0General Fund
$0 ($20,900)General Fund, One-time
$18,600 ($18,600)Dedicated Credits Revenue
H.B. 368 - Executive Office Compensation (Rep. Wilson) Increases Governor salary from $109,900 to $150,000 beginning Jan. 2017. Also adjusts salary for Lt. Governor, Attorney General, State Treasurer, and State Auditor (as a percentage of the Governor's salary). Fiscal note is $184,900 ongoing GF and $32,400 from dedicated credits, but due to the delayed implementation, 100% would be backed out one-time for FY 2016 and 50% would be backed out one-time for FY 2017.
Information Security Auditor$150,000$0
OngoingOne-TimeFinancing Source
$150,000$0General Fund
This is a reallocation from base budget reductions. An information security auditor would assess security risks in local government infrastructure.

The Office of the State Auditor audits public accounts--primarily state funds--by authority of the Utah Constitution and the Utah Code. The following laws govern the activities of the State Auditor:

  • Utah Constitution, Article VII: The State Auditor shall "hold office for four years beginning on the first Monday of January next after their election" (Section 1). The State Auditor "shall be 25 years of age or older at the time of election." No person is eligible for the Office of the State Auditor "unless at the time of election that person is a qualified voter and has been a resident citizen of the state for five years next preceding the election" (Section 3). The auditor must "perform financial post audits of public accounts" (Section 15)
  • UCA 51-2a-203 requires the Auditor to receive local government accounting reports.
  • UCA 51-2a-301 requires the Auditor to review local government accounting reports and conduct additional inquiries or examinations of financial reports.
  • UCA 51-2a and 67-3 require the Auditor to withhold and release funds for local government non-compliance.
  • UCA 67-3 further requires the Auditor to prepare and supply financial reporting and budget forms, analyze and evaluate accounting, budgeting, and reporting of local governments, make information available to local governments, prepare instructional materials and provide training, establish accounting and auditing guidelines for local governments, and maintain a state legal compliance audit guide and uniform accounting manual.
  • UCA 59-2-1603 requires collection and disbursement of funds for the Property Tax Valuation Agency Fund.
  • UCA 63G-9-201 places the State Auditor on the Board of Examiners.

Intent Language

HB0003: Item 8

Under section 63J-1-603 of the Utah Code, the Legislature intends that appropriations provided to the State Auditor in Item 20, Chapter 14, Laws of Utah 2014 not lapse at the close of Fiscal Year 2015.

Historically, approximately 66 percent of the Office's budget comes from the General Fund. Dedicated credit collections come from state agencies for auditing services; approximately one percent of total dedicated credit revenues is made up of collections from CPA firms that audit local governments.

The Office is personnel intensive. In the average year, approximately 92 percent of expenditures are for personnel services.

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COBI contains unaudited data as presented to the Legislature by state agencies at the time of publication. For audited financial data see the State of Utah's Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports.