|To the Editor: BG treasurer oversees $40M operation|
|Written by Rhonda Melchi, CPA|
|Wednesday, 24 April 2013 10:06|
Recent advertisements in your newspaper paid for by "Citizens for Financial Responsibility" include amounts regarding my compensation, obtained by Robert Maurer from Bowling Green City Schools. The stand-alone number presented implies that the district is paying me without results. I am the chief fiscal officer of a $40 million plus annual operation. I am a licensed school treasurer and a CPA, having passed the test for the latter on my first attempt. I have 32 years of governmental accounting experience, the last 17 proudly serving as Treasurer of Bowling Green City Schools.
Annually I prepare the District's financial statements in accordance with generally accepted governmental accounting principles - a task many school districts hire an accounting firm to do at a cost of $8,000-$10,000 dollars. Annually our audits have resulted in unqualified opinions, the highest attainable in the language of auditing standards. I am responsible for biweekly payrolls for over 300 employees along with all associated laws and regulations. I am responsible for payment of all bills, compliance with Ohio Revised Code budgetary and other laws, and for preparing the five-year forecasts. I am responsible for all District banking and investing, the results of which contributed to the addition on Crim Elementary without asking taxpayers for additional funds. I am responsible for federal and state reporting. The list goes on and on.
I am responsible for fulfilling public record requests even when I suspect the use will not be in the District's favor. I take my responsibilities as a steward of taxpayer records and dollars seriously.
And, finally, I am a taxpayer in the Bowling Green City School District and have been for 25 years.
Rhonda Melchi, CPA
Bowling Green City Schools
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