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.
[image#1, align=left, size=thumbnail]Robert Benroth (incumbent)
Residence: Road O, Ottawa
Relevant experience: Currently the Putnam County Auditor; served from 1997 to 2007 as Putnam County Treasurer; serve on the Accountancy Board of Ohio, licensing certified public accountants and firms; taught in Zimbabwe in Africa; on the Auditor of State Advisory Board.
Education: Graduated from Columbus Grove High School; graduated from Reisch World Wide College of Auctioneering; graduate of The Ohio State University Lead Class V.
Years living in area: All my life
Major issues: Putnam County and its employees have done well in controlling and cutting the costs associated with the services it provides to the public, but we must continue to do more with less. We must continue to look for ways to save taxpayer funds.
One example of how we accomplished that this past year was we refinanced our county jail facility debt, and as a result we will save approximately $400,000 and pay the jail off in six years instead of the 12 years it would have taken.
Your auditorís office has one less employee and has cut other costs to save taxpayer dollars.
As sealer of weights and measures, we continue to check scales and quantities to make sure the public gets the amount it purchased.
The auditorís office, to save both the county and taxpayer directed money, has allowed small parcels that meet certain requirements to be combined. We have examined all costs, including mailings, meetings, supplies and many others.
As your county auditor, I will continue to audit and look for ways to save taxpayer dollars.