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.