Washington Township, like other townships in Ohio, offers a highly accountable form of government, particularly when it comes to its fiscal management. Some key aspects of accountability include:
Elected Fiscal Officer - The Finance Department operates under the direction of a part-time fiscal officer who is elected by residents to a four-year term. Day-to-day operations are overseen by a full-time finance director.
Voter Approval – Most township funding is derived from property tax, with the large majority of property tax voted on by taxpayers. Local voters have directly approved about 78% of Washington Township’s property tax revenue – 10.85 out of 13.90 gross mills. The other 3.05 mills are allocated by the state. The township does not have an income tax.
Washington Township carries on the tradition of accountability set forth in Ohio law and adds its own standards of accountability.
Accountability – The State Auditor’s Office has issued unqualified opinions to Washington Township for many years, meaning that no material problems have been found in the township’s financial statements. Audits are required every two years, however to maintain the highest accountability to taxpayers our fiscal officer requests they be completed annually.
Financial Forecasting – Washington Township forecasts and budgets five years in advance. The resulting Financial Plan maintains a positive balance for the next five years and an overall 25% balance at the end of three years.
Controlling Costs – Fiscal restraint is practiced by budgeting conservatively, maintaining a lean organization, and pursuing cost efficiencies. The township also seeks grants which can help ease the tax burden for residents and improve services more quickly than otherwise would be possible.
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