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Orth re-elected County Treasurer

Vows to keep office 'customer friendly'

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - 11:06 pm

Sue Orth’s relief at winning her second and final term as Allen County Treasurer belied the comfortable margin of her victory.

“I thank God. You just never know,” the Republican incumbent said after winning 61,239 votes, or 63 percent, against Democratic political newcomer Scott Williams’ 35,383 votes, or 37 percent.

Orth is prohibited by law from seeking a third term, which means she has only a limited time to accomplish her remaining goals.

“I want to keep everything as customer-friendly as possible,” she said, even though budget cuts have forced her and other departments to do more with less. She hopes to win Council approval to spend about $15,000 on a scanner that would improve service and save up to $9,000 per year.

Orth, who served as the department’s chief deputy for a decade, said she will continue efforts to put more information on line, including property tax data. The Treasurer’s office prepares and collects property tax bills, supervises auctions of tax-delinquent properties and invests county funds.

Orth said her role as investor remains challenging, however, because lower interest rates have dropped the county’s annual investment income from $6 million to $500,000 in recent years.