Ingham County Treasurer - 4 Year Term - Vote For Not More Than 1

Ingham County Treasurer - 4 Year Term - Vote For Not More Than 1

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  • Bruce Little

  • Eric Schertzing

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What are the three most important issues facing the office you are running for and how would you address them?

What would you do in your first month in office?

What services do you consider most vital?

What services do you consider least vital?

Which of these can be trimmed to lower expenses?

Are you current in all tax, alimony and child support obligations? Yes or no. If no, please explain.

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Hometown grew up in Stockbridge
Education B.S. James Madison College at MSU Masters in Public Administration, Western MU
Family Wife Nancy and three children. Son and two daughters
Professional Experience Special Assistant to Congressman Carr Ingham Chief Deputy Drain Commissioner Ingham Treasurer
Political Experience Treasurer for Ingham County, 2001 - present; Treasurer for Ingham County Democratic Party, 1989-90; Ingham County Democratic Party Chair, 1993-94; Candidate for State Representative, 1992, 67th District, Nominee for U.S. Congress, 2014, 8th District
Continuing high level of tax delinquency and foreclosure. Continue to innovate in foreclosure prevention efforts. Continuing the community and economic development activities of the Ingham County Land Bank Authority. Knowing the public and private leaders throughout the community and bringing tools to the table that deserve funding will sustain us. Challenges to fund retiree health care and pension obligations. We are making great strides with our Health Care funding by slowly increasing contributions. County has tightly controlled employee cost through shared involvement with labor and management on health care and through very limited cost of living pay increases.
Continue serving the citizens to the best of my ability as I have for 15 years.
Tax foreclosure prevention and financial empowerment. Volunteer Income Tax Assistance through the Asset Independence Coalition; partnering with the Detroit Branch of the Chicago Federal Reserve on Money Smart Week; and partnerships with the Office of Financial Empowerment in Lansing, Cristo Rey Community Center and Capital Area Community Services are a few of the tool utilized to reach our community. The two services I am most proud of is establishing the first County Treasures office in Lansing ever and the removal of an automated phone answering service. The public deserves high quality personal service and that is my goal each and every day.
By the nature of local government I do not think we provide services that are not vital. The State and Federal government lay down an unnecessary level of complexity that does nothing to help us deliver a service to out citizens. We need to focus our work on the benefits for the public and rethink the built up complexity.
Any cutback will reduce services to the citizens. We have to invest in our community and its people to stabilize and strengthen the vast middle class. Services that the wealthy can afford to provide to themselves must also be publicly provided to those that need them. Cutting back public services at the expense of the majority of our citizens is a false paradigm. The complexity of program rules should be streamlined so staff can be deployed to areas that deliver services.