Ohio- Franklin County Auditor Michael Stinziano has said that significant progress has been made towards creating an office that is accessible, transparent, and accountable to the public in his first 100 days’ report.
According to him,“I established a variety of goals for the office so that it would provide the very best public service for our residents and make our community the best place to live and work.”
He highlighted the eight accomplished goals in the first 100 days to include, “fourteen Community Hours Meetings across Franklin County; Sold dog licenses at several community events; Began ongoing participation in 2020 Census planning; Joined community partners on a pilot program to help seniors age in place; Established and awarded four True Transaction Awards to local businesses; Began bringing the office into the 21st century with frequently used fill-able forms, such as the DTE 100; Worked with the FBI to conduct a consumer safety sweep checking for skimmers; and Paid Parental and Caregiver leave.”
“We are out in the community, listening to and helping our constituents. We’ve hosted 12 informational meetings across the county to help residents file Board of Revision appeals. We’re expanding the locations where dog licenses are sold, and working with low-cost vaccination clinics across the county to hold events where dog licenses are available,” he said.
According to him, “each week, I’m holding Community Hours meetings where I can get feedback from residents.
“Those meetings give me a chance to be out in your neighborhoods to listen firsthand to your concerns.
At the office, we are modernizing how we provide services and bringing the Auditor’s office into the 21st century with easy, accessible services.
“We’re updating forms to make them electronically filled out, eliminating the need to manually write out forms that in some cases have to be filled out in triplicate. New stickers that the Auditor’s office places on gas pumps now feature a QR code so people can use their phones to get more information about inspections and complaint options,” he added.
He disclosed that “the Auditor’s website has been completely refreshed, and we are working on a new, updated mobile app that will be easy and convenient to use.
“And I’ve hired a new Chief Information Officer to lead the Franklin County Data Center in providing superior IT services to our fellow county agencies.”
On employees, Micahel Stinziano said,” we’re creating an office where they can work and provide the best possible public service. On day one, I created a new position, the Open Government and Legal Services Manager, to provide accessible public records and streamline that process.
“We’ve established an employee committee to hear the issues and concerns of our workers. And, we’ve implemented a new policy that will provide paid parental and caregiver leave, a major improvement for our employees that I hope is a model for other municipalities.
“We’ve made substantial progress in building an office with innovative, modern ideas and initiatives that will provide superior public service. The Franklin County Auditor’s office will continue to work hard serving our county and I look forward to continuing to update the public with our accomplishments,” he said. (https://www.franklincountyauditor.com/our-office/community-relations/in-the-news/100-day-report)