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Treasurer will vote for Kennedy

Letter to the Editor

 


I have worked in the Okanogan Co. Treasurer’s office for 34 years, 17 years as the Chief Deputy Treasurer and the last 10 years as your Okanogan Co. Treasurer. As Treasurer, I am the chairperson of the Finance Committee along with the Okanogan Co. Auditor, Financial Mgr., and the three County Commissioners. We have monthly meetings to watch very closely the budgets and cash on hand of each Current Expense Dept. (27 depts) and all of the Public Works Funds (10 funds).

Between Current Expense and the Public Works Co. Road Dept., the total budgets are approximately $40 million annually, which the county legislative authority (also known as County Commissioners) are fiscally responsible for. This is a responsibility the County Commissioners do NOT take lightly.

In all my years at the County working on financial issues, Sheilah Kennedy is one of the most detail-oriented and fiscally responsible commissioners we have ever had. She takes the time and does her homework when it comes to finance, and she definitely does ask the “difficult” questions. After all, one should ask tough questions when it comes to a $40 million budget of the public’s money, and that should not be confused as micro-managing.

Everyone is not always going to agree with every decision made, but I try to look at the complete picture, and I know at this time Sheilah is the right person for this job. I would encourage the voters to contact the offices that handle budgets and actual cash if you have questions regarding fiscal responsibility. My vote on November 8 will go to Sheilah Kennedy.

Leah McCormack

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