Nelson County Auditor/Treasurer

Open Monday through Friday
8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

The Auditor's Office is the hub of every courthouse.  As defined in the North Dakota Century Code, the auditor is the chief financial officer, election officer, and secretary to the County Commission.  Most Auditors are responsible for a broad range of other administrative duties.

Duties of the County Auditor include acting as:
     Secretary to the County Commissioner Board
     Secretary to the Park Board

     Secretary to the Planning Commission
     Code Administrator for zoning
     Risk Manager
     ADA Coordinator (American with Disabilities Act)

The Auditor is responsible for:
     Printing Checks

The Auditor's Office is in charge of:
     Compiling valuations
     Calculating mill levies
     Computing taxes
     Completing the tax abstract
     Foreclosing on property by Tax Deed
     Selling foreclosed property by County Deed
     Abatements and cancellations
     Filing tax district budgets
     Maintaining the tax list
     Maintaining an inventory of fixed assets
     Reviewing and updating insurance coverage for county property
     Issuing beer and liquor licenses and bingo and raffle permits on Commission approval

The County Auditor is also the election administrator for primary, general and special county, state, and federal elections.  Since 1994, city elections have been held in conjunction with primary elections.  The auditor trains election workers and prepares, distributes, and tabulates ballots.  The auditor is also part of the board which canvasses (examines) election results and is the filing officer for campaign contribution statements from county elected officials.

County Plat Books and Atlases
The Nelson County Auditor's Office sells County Plat Books and Atlases.

Large Atlas $75
Great Plains Plat Book $45
Farm & Home Plat Book $35

To purchase in person stop in at the Nelson County Auditor's Office.

To request a copy by mail please call (701) 247-2463 and let us know what you would like and your mailing address. Please note that the price will go up because of postage.



The Treasurer's Office is used by taxpayers, state agencies, lending institutions, and realty companies to name a few.  The Treasurer's Office provides easy access to tax and real estate records throughout the year to anyone who requests that information.


  • Tax season technically begins January 1, when taxes become due; however, treasurers begin preparations months in advance. Tax season officially begins in December when all the new year's mill levies and valuations are compiled. Tax statements are sent to every property owner in the county.  The main responsibility of the treasurer is to collect and disburse the tax money paid by the property and mobile home owners.  This tax money stays in the county in which it is collected and is a major funding source for school districts, fire districts, cities, townships and other government entities.

  • Treasurers are responsible for keeping track of all property taxes.  After March 1, unpaid taxes become delinquent and are subject to penalty.  Foreclosure on property takes place after 3 years.  Tax season is a major responsibility, but it constitutes only a portion of the treasurer's duties.  They also act as accountants and financial managers, by receiving all revenue paid to the county and balancing accounts daily.  They apportion the revenues to the appropriate funds, collect fees and fines for all county offices, and act as custodians of special funds.

  • Investments and banking are a big part of the treasurer's duties.  They try to get the best rate of return and still have funds available when needed by the county.


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