Position paper: Bath Township fiscal officer
Cynthia Eitner vs. Sharon Troike
Voters living in Bath will vote
for one candidate for Bath fiscal officer during the
Nov. 6 General Election.
Editor’s note: The answers to the following questions are provided as submitted.
Describe the duties and responsibilities of the fiscal officer and why you are the most viable candidate for the position.
Eitner: The duties of the fiscal officer are keeping the minutes of the township meetings, issuance of warrants, preparation of the annual financial report, to keep an accurate record of the township’s accounts and transactions, and other miscellaneous duties.
With my accounting background and computer skills, I feel I am qualified and an excellent candidate for the position of fiscal officer. Troike: There are two main duties of the Fiscal Officer; one is to serve as the Public Records Officer, and the second is to function as the Financial Officer.
The tasks of Public Records Officer include ensuring proper records are kept, processing requests for public records and adhering to the Sunshine Laws.
The responsibilities as Financial Officer are managing the investment portfolio of the township, ensuring revenues are projected accurately and then tracking those revenues, recording the receipt of the revenues and assigning them to the proper accounts, supervising the payroll system, overseeing the annual audit and maintaining the safety of the township’s assets. I believe I am the most viable candidate due to my experience, not only in international business with my previous career, but also in helping my husband to run his company. I am skilled at working within a budget while providing services, controlling costs and paying employees. It is always important to perform these tasks while finding the best value for the dollars spent.
How would you propose to improve the functions of the fiscal officer? Please be specific.
Eitner: I first need to learn all of the functions of the fiscal officer before making any changes. Every new officer will find more efficiency and want to make changes, and I am not an exception to the rule. I plan on working hard learning the protocols and management of the office, and to make changes as I see fit.
Troike: Unless there are glaring issues of the position requiring resolution, my philosophy in entering any new job is to learn the functions of the job first. Once one is familiar with the process, then an evaluation of needed changes can be made and implemented. Of utmost importance, at all times, is maintaining the integrity of the position.