Current controller says her lawsuit against county commissioners is intended to help create 'unhampered system of checks and balances'
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Editor's note: Patch invites all elected officeholders and candidates for public office to submit letters to the editor for publication. The following submission is from current Montgomery County Controller Diane Morgan. Dear Fellow Taxpayer: As the first female Controller of Montgomery County, I take my role as “Fiscal Watchdog” seriously. Since 2008, I have discovered $15 million in accounting errors in the Employee Retirement Fund, and renegotiated fees saving taxpayers approximately $3 million dollars. Despite being the 3rd largest county in the state, we have the lowest ratio of auditors. Montgomery County has only four auditors for a budget of over $500 million. We do not have sufficient staff to audit tax collectors, municipal …
The Democratic candidates for county commissioner say they would 'begin at zero' and make each organization in county government 'make its case.'
Democratic candidates Josh Shapiro and Leslie Richards said today that they would not increase county taxes if elected to County Commissioner seats in November. The tax promise was made as part of the candidates' fiscal platform, which they announced to gathered members of the media at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown this morning. The announcement came two days after the Republican candidates for County Commissioner, Jenny Brown and Bruce Castor, announced their own fiscal platform. The two candidates said they have spent the past few months campaigning throughout Montgomery County by attending 67 community events, 37 house parties, visiting eight senior centers, and making 12,000 phone calls to prospective voters. They …