Delaware County Auditor George Kaitsa has been selected to lead the County Auditors’ Association of Ohio.
“I’m very honored and humbled by the confidence that the county auditors have placed in me by electing me to this position,” he said.
As the top elected official in the organization, Kaitsa said his role will be to work with the state legislature on issues important to Ohio’s county aditors.
One of the organization’s top issues is the reduction in local government funds, which has put a squeeze on counties and municipalities across the state.
“As an association we are looking for a middle ground with respect to local government funding,” he said.
The organization also hopes to convince lawmakers to support legislation mandating that the top fiscal officer in the county is an elected officials. Two of Ohio’s 88 counties - Cuyahoga and Summit - have charter forms of government. Cuyahoga County’s fiscal officer is appointed, while Summit County’s is elected.
“We think that the Cuyahoga County model is not the correct model,” Kaitsa said.
Kaitsa also plans to work on issues surrounding “fracking,” including allowing auditor’s to capture well production information for property valuations.
“The eastern counties particularly, they are dealing with both the positives and the negatives of the shale oil boom,” he said.
Kaitsa was sworn in by Ohio Auditor Dave Yost.