EATON — The County Risk Sharing Authority (CORSA) presented the Preble County Commissioners with a check in the amount of $6,780 on Wednesday, July 25. According to CORSA’s managing director John Brownlee, this is a way for CORSA to say “thank you” to Preble County as one of their members.
“Basically, we give back about $2.4 million in the form of credits to our members every year. Our board of directors are confident we could give more money back this year, so we allocated an additional $1.4 million, with $1 million in the form of a check. Every county who is a member of CORSA is receiving a dividend check,” Brownlee said.
“This year, Preble County will receive a check in the amount of $6,780, so thank you for your hard work. We thank you for everything your county does for CORSA. This is a one time deal. Every year the board will reevaluate and if there is an opportunity for a dividend check, they will access it.”
CORSA is a not-for-profit property and liability risk sharing pool, which is sponsored by the County Commissioners Association of Ohio. Brownlee added, the amount returned was determined by the number of years the county has been a CORSA member and how much the county has paid into the total loss fund over the years.
The commissioners called Preble County Auditor Lavon Wright down to the chambers in the afternoon, with questions regarding her new financial system and the final bill.
“Obviously, you got the final payment of $135,000 and we just want to know if we have gotten everything. What have we got and what haven’t we gotten?” Commissioner Chris Day questioned.
“Well, I got a list from your office telling me things they think we haven’t gotten. I went through these things and to my knowledge, we’ve received these things, but their language is different then our language. It could be that something does not mean the same to us that means the same to them. It is just language,” Auditor Wright stated.
“Because we have their system, we have to adapt to their language. They are not going to rewrite their system for us. I know in this portion of what this office wrote it is saying that they did not do what they were supposed to do, but I do not agree with that. I don’t feel like we should not pay for the bill, but because there are things I think need answered, I did call BS&A and ask if we could do a conference call.”
Wright will be scheduling a call with BS&A, herself, and the commissioners to discuss their questions. She also wishes to scan a copy of the list commission staff gave her to send to BS&A, so they can answer whether the county has received those services or not. She added, there are a large amount of reports and the change from the old system has been difficult on everyone, but she believes BS&A has been cooperative and helpful.
“I don’t want to argue about not paying the bill, we are using their service. Every single person in this county is live and using their software. We have never had that at all in our county. That is a huge step for me as an accomplishment to move us forward into a new non-antiquated system. We just have to figure out what works and what we need to do to make us feel comfortable [in this system],” Wright said.
The Preble County Commissioners meet every Monday and Wednesday at 9 a.m. in the Preble County Courthouse Commission Chambers, unless noted otherwise.
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