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Indiana state auditor changing title to state comptroller

Indiana State Auditor Tera Klutz smiles during a press conference. Klutz is a White woman, with dark, graying hair, wearing a green dress.
Brandon Smith
IPB News
Indiana State Auditor Tera Klutz campaigned in 2022 on changing the office's title to state comptroller.

The Indiana state auditor is changing the name of its office. It will now be known as the state comptroller, to better reflect what the position does.

The state auditordoesn’t do any auditing. State and local governments are audited by the State Board of Accounts and individuals are audited by the Indiana Department of Revenue.

That’s been a problem for current Indiana Auditor Tera Klutz, who talked about the issue back during her re-election campaign last year.

“I do spend a lot of my time explaining what I do before somebody can have an engaging conversation about how I can, maybe, be of service to them or help them,” Klutz said.

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What the office does is pay the state’s bills and employees. It’s also responsible for dispersing county, city, town and school tax revenues.

The office’s title-change to state comptroller will take effect July 1. That will include the state website, forms and documents. The change was made via a provision in the new state budget.

However, lawmakers did not take steps to change the state constitution, will which still refer to the title as auditor.

Brandon is our Statehouse bureau chief. Contact him at or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

Brandon Smith has covered the Statehouse for Indiana Public Broadcasting for more than a decade, spanning three governors and a dozen legislative sessions. He's also the host of Indiana Week in Review, a weekly political and policy discussion program seen and heard across the state. He previously worked at KBIA in Columbia, Missouri and WSPY in Plano, Illinois. His first job in radio was in another state capitol - Jefferson City, Missouri - as a reporter for three stations around the Show-Me State.