Miami Township is a much different place
now than when I moved here in 1972. At that time, there were
approximately 8,500 residents and a lot of the Township was
still farmland. Today, the Township has a population of over
43,000 people and, for the most part, it has been built to
In the 1980’s and 1990’s, people were
moving here as fast as homes could be built. The Township’s
revenues were increasing at a rapid pace. For those citizens
who are not aware, 85% of Miami Township’s revenue comes from
property taxes, so as new homes were built and residents began
moving in, revenues exploded.
Today it is much different. With the
Township built out at near capacity, revenues are fairly
constant year over year. In addition, Miami Township has lost
funding sources through stat cuts such as the elimination of the
estate tax, and reduced local government funds, which put
additional strains on revenue and the budget.
One of the major responsibilities of the
Fiscal Office is to prepare accurate budgets that department
heads can rely on, and to insure that they do not exceed those
expenditures. In fact, a budget is no more than a guide. It
does not mean you must spend that money. If purchases can be
delayed or if there is a better solution to solve the problem,
then those options must be discussed and thought through.
As I run for another four year term as your
Fiscal Officer, the Township needs a person who has a strong
financial background, and a proven ability to control budgets.
Now that revenues are increasing at a much slower pace than in
past years, my experience with finding new sources of revenue
and budget controls in the private and public sector is exactly
what the residents of Miami Township need at this time.
I want to thank the voters for having the
confidence in my abilities as your Fiscal Officer over the past
several years. As I run for re-election this November, I look
forward to serving you for another four year term as your Miami
Township Fiscal Officer.