Auditor provides update on activities

From Lavon Wright - Preble County Auditor

EATON — The Preble County Auditor’s office has begun the process of updating the county’s accounting financial system. The current system is nearly 20 years old and the equipment that it uses has become antiquated and we can no longer find anyone to service the equipment.

ISSG is the company that owns the financial system software, and they are working with Preble County to ensure that we have no data loss, and that in a case of emergency we have a solution in place to ensure little down time. We have looked at several financial systems, and are ready to send out our request for proposals in the near future. We have made sure to do our homework so that we can get the most efficient system at an equitable price. This has been a long process, but I am confident that we are now heading in the right direction.

On Jan. 20, I hosted a South-West Auditors Association meeting. It was well attended with over 15 counties being represented by their auditor’s and deputies. State Representative Jeffery Rezabek attended and spoke regarding several House Bills, and how they may affect Preble and surrounding counties. Also speaking, was Rachel Vonderhaar from Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association and a member of our local Farm Bureau, and Brad Moffitt from Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association.

Vonderhaar discussed changes in Current Agricultural Use Valuation (CAUV) and how that could affect farmers. Moffitt discussed the myths of ethanol and how gas stations are being asked to add additional grades of ethanol, and the funding that may be available to area gas station owners.

This year, I have volunteered to sit on the County Auditor’s Association of Ohio, Agricultural Committee. I felt the need to be a part of the decisions that are affecting a lot of you, the tax payers. On Jan. 31, we had a meeting in which we discussed what changes needed to be made to CAUV, if any, and how those changes could possibly be implemented and what affects it could have on the taxpayer.

As I’m sure you have noticed, I have had photographers out taking pictures to help ensure that my office has accurate property information regarding your properties.

My office is routinely checking gas pumps for credit card skimmers. Luckily, we have not found any in Preble County at this time.

From Lavon Wright

Preble County Auditor