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Edinburg Township Fiscal Officer

The Fiscal Officer of the Township keeps an accurate record of proceedings of Trustees at all their meetings, and of the township’s accounts & transactions, including the bonds of township officers. The Fiscal Officer oversees and maintains in proper order the township financial records. The term is four years.
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If the trustees asked the fiscal officer if there are enough funds for a major project, what factors would you consider in preparing your response?

Age 47
Education Southeast High School graduated 1988 Maplewood Career Center (Accounting and Computing)
Training & Experience AAA Ohio Motorists Assoc.- Bookkeeper Portage CO. Saddle Horse - past Treasurer
As the fiscal officer, it is important to take into consideration all the factors that are required of a major project in the township. First and foremost, I would like to know as much as I can about the project in question. Having this knowledge is important to me, as it will help in my preparation for the trustees. A fiscal officer’s duties are handling the finances and balancing the budget of the township. My job is to focus on making sure the citizen’s taxes are well represented and used for the good of the township. With that in mind, there are several questions that I need to ask myself. Is the money in the budget to support the project? What is the most cost effective way to do the project? Are there any grants that may be available for the project? I would research similar projects to analyze how they done theirs to better ours.
Education Master Business Administration; Double Master's Education: Exercise Physiology, and Curriculum and Instruction; BA, Psychology.
Training & Experience 1.8 years Fiscal Officer, 20+ years mgmt. industrial rehab. & elderly care, Volunteer: Portage County CHIP, Ravenna Brd of Hlth, Portage Cnty. Parks & Rec. Adv. Brd, Awards: Best Health Initiative Visioning Portage; Model Practice, W. Main Elem. NACCHO, 30+ State CEU's
Understanding available funding for major projects is essential to good decision making by the trustees. I would 1st evaluate the real and actualized costs of the project from start to finish and consider any future operational costs or savings, and risks. I would then review existing cash resources from unrestricted and restricted funds. If funding is not available, I would initiate a review of longer term funding options such as grants, borrowing options, bonds, or use of investment funds, and consider different funding that might be available at different stages of the project. I would then share the availability of cash reserves, not impacting normal operational costs of the township or funds earmarked but not appropriated for other projects, with the trustees. As fiscal officer, I will share my opinion of the project implementation, as it is the responsibility of the fiscal officer to work with the trustees, to spend and invest wisely in the best interest of the residents.

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