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The counties included in the voters guide for the Nov. 5, 2019 elections are: Montgomery, Warren, Miami, Greene, Clark, Champaign, and Butler.

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West Chester Twp. Fiscal Officer

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    Julia Flake

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    Bruce Jones

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Experience EXPERIENCE. I have a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, major was marketing from the University of Cincinnati. I went back to school and I have completed all but the last 2 accounting classes. I have 22 years experience in the West Chester Finance Department. So I know the township books and financial management system well. I currently am the Fiscal Officer of the Mason Public Library.
I will support the Township Trustees in their decisions on spending to make sure all of our funds are spent legally in accordance with our laws. Our Township works very well together; it is a collective body of many parts, police and fire make runs or calls together, roads, cemetery and parks staff work together as well. I am a conservative and believe in smaller government, less taxes, and thereby less spending. I will make sure we don’t spend more than we have. I will ensure the Township financial transactions remain transparent and the office maintains fiscal responsibility. Simply put, being good stewards of the resources we have.
West Chester is maturing as a community and we are seeing re-purposing or re-development of properties. Maintaining an aging infrastructure is a challenge for every community and West Chester is no different. We always want continuous improvement of quality of life in an economically sustainable manner.
EXPERIENCE. I have a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, major was marketing from the University of Cincinnati. I went back to school and I have completed all but the last 2 accounting classes. I have 22 years experience in the West Chester Finance Department. So I know the township books and financial management system well. I currently am the Fiscal Officer of the Mason Public Library.
I have lived in West Chester Township for about 33 years and raised my children here and they all went to the premier Lakota schools. I have volunteered in many school activities from PTA’s to athletic events to simply doing copying for teachers. I was a Girl Scout leader and a Boy Scout leader for all of my children when they were in elementary school. I volunteered at church teaching Sunday school, and was the vacation bible school director for 2 years. I’m a firm believer in participating in my community.

Experience As the current West Chester Fiscal Officer, I've advanced our operations to the point of receiving the "Auditor of State Award with Distinction", which we never received before I assumed office. In fact, we've received this award, the Ohio Auditor’s highest award, every year since I took office! Prior to becoming the West Chester Fiscal Officer I developed a balanced background in both the private sector and the public sector: I know what works in government and what doesn’t, and I've proven it
Education B.A. from Miami University in Political Science/Public Administration.
“Spending”, that’s a Trustee function. As Fiscal Officer, I can tell you what steps I’ve already taken to save taxpayers money. This past spring our bond rating was re-evaluated by Moody’s. The caliber of our financial record keeping, as evidenced by the Auditor of State Award with Distinction - six (6) times, told Moody’s our records were above reproach, contributing to our being awarded the highest bond rating, AAA. The AAA rating means lower interest costs when the township borrowed $14 million for the UCB overpass improvement. Another saving to taxpayer: Several years ago, operations were evaluated and streamlined such that we had a reduction-in-force, resulting in the elimination of a clerical position in the finance department. The position has never been re-filled. (I'm pleased to report the employee had arranged employment elsewhere.)
West Chester has been a very prosperous community for decades and that will continue, but our biggest housing boom occurred in the 80s and 90’s when approximately 45% of our residential housing stock was built. That means a very significant amount of infrastructure was constructed at that time – drainage ditches, curbs, bridges, roads (223 miles), culverts (180), catch basins, (5,000+), storm water pipes (580,000 linear feet)(data is the township aggregate). That means maintenance demands and replacement is coming due, and that means very significant expenses are coming due! I’ve repeatedly urged the Trustees to plan and budget for this eventuality. As Fiscal Officer I don't have a vote, so I use my position as a "bully pulpit". As an elected officer I feel an obligation to speak up.
I hope the above - having earned the Auditor of State's highest award for financial record keeping every year I've been in office, and securing the AAA bond rating - demonstrates exceptional qualifications to remain the West Chester Township Fiscal Officer. I also want people to know I have unparalleled commitment to being their Fiscal Officer. We've had over 150 meeting in the seven years + I've been in office and I have not missed one single meeting. I give it everything I've got, and respectfully request the voters return me as their Fiscal Officer.
Frankly, I want voters to know what my opponent said about me at a meeting on August 6th of this year. She was asked, if she were elected to be the Fiscal Officer, what would she do different than me. She replied, in its entirety, "I wouldn't do anything different. I think Bruce is doing a good job." That's what I want voters to know about me. And tell their neighbors.