LETTER IN SUPPORT OF JAYNE WELCH FOR COUNTY TREASURER
In Lincoln County the office of County Treasurer has not been a contested election in recent memory. Candidates have run unopposed, been elected, and served their terms. There is a reason for this. Although the State of Oregon does not require any specific qualifications for the position, the County Treasurer must possess a very specific skill set to do the job effectively.
The Treasurer is responsible for all revenue that comes to the County from all sources. Lincoln County has a budget of over 98 million dollars for the current fiscal year. The individual who is Treasurer must be familiar with best practices for handling cash, be well-versed with the County’s accounting system, and be able to understand banking practices, financial management, and investing. All this is done within the narrow constraints of federal and state rules for how government monies are to be managed.
Compliance and reporting requirements are numerous and complex.
Additionally, Lincoln County’s Treasurer is also Lincoln County’s tax collector, handling every single property tax dollar that is paid to every taxing entity within the County (there are 79 in Lincoln County). As the tax collection agent, the Treasurer is responsible for distributing those tax dollars out to all those entities accurately according to each entity’s tax rate and levy. There is no room for error.
The pool of individuals who are well-qualified to perform the duties of the position is not large.
There is much talk these days regarding change and new directions in the elections for many officials both local and nationwide. The office of County Treasurer is not one of those offices that would benefit by change for the sake of change. The County’s cash resources need management by an experienced, stable individual who will work hard to safeguard and properly account for those resources.
The individual currently serving in that capacity and running for the position, Interim Treasurer Jayne Welch, possesses all those skills and more. Jayne has been employed in the Treasurer’s Office for 14 years and knows her way around the tax codes and banking rules. She has had the opportunity to gain the skills needed to do the job of Treasurer effectively and well.
I urge everyone to vote for Jayne Welch. Jayne will assure that the County’s Treasury Department operates efficiently while remaining compliant with regulations and responsive to citizens.
Janice Riessbeck, Newport