Experience counts in treasurer’s race
For those of you who have not attended the candidate forums but have read the newspapers, it is time to set the record straight on comments made by the Republican-sponsored challenger, Cheryl Chandler. I have worked in the Garfield County Treasurer’s Office for nearly 14 of the 16 years Georgia Chamberlain has been in office and have seen the many changes and improvements she has implemented.
Accountability of funds: The bank accounts are balanced immediately upon receipt of the statements from the bank.
There are two general ledger systems for the county. The general ledger system associated with the Treasurer’s Office includes all revenues deposited with the Treasurer, including collection and disbursement of property taxes. The other general ledger system is maintained by the Accounting Department and cannot be accessed by the Treasurer’s Office.
The Treasurer’s general system is reconciled monthly and balances to the money in the bank accounts. Georgia has always maintained an open door policy and would invite anyone to come in during business hours to look at the books.
Serve the citizens of Garfield County: Cheryl would like to have a full-time person in the Rifle office. As the part-time person who works in the Rifle office I can assure you there isn’t justification at this time for a full-time person in that office except at busy tax collection times; and then I work full time.
Give the citizens of the county the best of both worlds: Paying your taxes online would mean that the treasurer would have to accept credit cards. Payment by credit cards involves payment of a fee to the credit card processing company. The charge would have to be collected from everyone through their taxes.
Computer technology: The computer systems in use by Garfield County are up to date, and the Treasurer’s staff is fully trained in their use. The Treasurer’s page of the Garfield County Web site (www.garfield-county.com) provides information about delinquent taxes being sold at tax sale for both mobile homes, real estate and mineral interests, and tax sale dates for all Colorado counties. The site also has information concerning the foreclosures being processed by the Public Trustee’s office in Garfield County.
This information has been developed and programmed by the staff of the Garfield County Treasurer’s office and is not available from any of the other counties in our area. Rather than trailing the pack, it looks like Georgia’s office is leading the pack in this area. Georgia has been and is currently working with the Garfield County Assessor to get the entire tax roll on the Web site.
I believe that the staff in the Treasurer’s Office is well trained, and they continue to get training as available.
Georgia is honest, intelligent, knowledgeable and her integrity is beyond reproach. She is constantly striving to improve the operation of the Treasurer’s Office. I trust and respect Georgia Chamberlain and would welcome the opportunity to work several more years for and with her.
Experience does count, and I would encourage you to re-elect Georgia Chamberlain as the Treasurer of Garfield County!
Shirley I. Boulton
Deputy Treasurer and Deputy Public Trustee
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