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LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Next county treasurer matters more than ever

July 30, 2014 · Updated 2:26 PM
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Editor,

Island County taxpayers must consider recent revelations about the losses of investment funds during the current treasurer’s term in office when casting their ballot. Our county needs a treasurer who understands investment strategy thoroughly and can ensure county residents that their tax payments are wisely invested to result in maximum gain without undue risk in both good times and bad. That person is Wanda Grone.

The incumbent treasurer has a poor track record and the third candidate for the office freely admits that she has no experience and would rely on an investment firm for direction as the incumbent has done. Taxpayers need someone who has the required experience and can make wise decisions from the first day in office.

My questions include: Why were our elected commissioners not aware of the losses earlier? How did years pass without proper monthly reports that would have given them fair warning? Where does responsibility begin and end for keeping an eye on taxpayer’s money?

One has only to look at the recently reported problems of Island Transit to see yet another example of inexperienced or unqualified management decision making and lack of executive oversight of financial processes. Don’t let a similar situation develop at the county level – make informed voting choices.

JEAN SALLS

Coupeville

 

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