The Lima News sent questionnaires to every candidate in races in Allen, Auglaize, Hardin, Putnam and Van Wert counties for this election section. Candidates had the opportunity to give biographical information and discuss major issues in their races. Candidates also had an option to submit a photograph. Only names and residences identify candidates who did not return a questionnaire yet. We continue to receive more questionnaires every day, so check back here soon to see the latest submitted answers.
Rhonda Eddy-Stienecker (incumbent)
Residence: Amanda Lakes Drive, Lima
Campaign website: www.RhondaEddy.com
Relevant experience: Nine years as Allen County treasurer; two years as Allen County auditor
Education: Bachelorís degree in accounting from The Ohio State Universityís College of Business
Years living in area: 42Ĺ years
Major issues: As the auditor, I am responsible for four departments: Real estate, accounting, information technology and weights and measures. In addition, I am actively involved in the County Auditorís Association and the legislative committee.
In the accounting department, it is my responsibility to closely monitor the county general fund revenue and advise the commissioners on changes in revenue. The state budget crisis will have an impact on the funds we will receive in the future. The uncertainty of the 2011 loss of revenue will be very difficult for all local government entities.
In the real estate department, I will continue educating the public on the valuation and tax process. We completed our 2009 appraisal and held 16 informal hearings in the fall of 2009 throughout the county. I will continue to review the changes in the real estate market that could change the values in the next update for tax year 2012.
The information technology department is constantly improving to protect the county data and network system. We have completed our network disaster recovery in 2009 and are improving our internal security controls.
The weights and measure department, while it is small, is important to the businesses and consumers in Allen County. We seal the gas pumps and scales to verify accuracy. As the state cut the funding for the department of agriculture, this has created more work for the local weights and measurers inspectors.