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As we start the New Year, I am thrilled to announce several new resources that will improve communication with our customers, including this newsletter which we will publish quarterly. At the Auditor’s Office we do so much more than financial auditing. The focus of this newsletter is to go beyond the books and inform you of the essential services we provide, discuss our performance, and look ahead to milestones on the horizon.
In 2011 we launched a suite of social media websites where you will find all of the latest information about the Auditor’s Office. For example, if you’ve ever wondered what happens to your ballot after you’ve placed it in the mail, you might enjoy this short video on our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/AfCREb.
This newsletter includes updates on the four major, yet diverse functions of the Auditor’s Office: Elections, Recording, Licensing and Financial Services. We encourage you to join the discussion at one of our social media websites and share your comments, questions and suggestions for improvement.
Elections and Voter Registration
We anticipate turnout for the 2012 General Election to be much greater – close to 90 percent. In addition to the General Election on Nov. 6, we are holding special elections in February and April.
Each state is required to redraw its political boundaries every 10 years after the release of census data. Washington state’s population increase resulted in changes to congressional and legislative districts. The addition of a new congressional district means that many voters will see changes in their voting precincts. We will be issuing new voter registration cards with updated information to all voters affected by redistricting.
Our efforts were recognized in 2011, with the Waste Wi$e Kitsap Award for meeting our paper reduction goals. Other highlights from 2011 include:
In 2012 we expect to see an increase in the number of electronically recorded real estate documents with the County Treasurer’s Office implementation of an electronic system for collecting excise tax.
In 2011 we launched a new pet licensing system that is more efficient and helps reunite stray pets with their owners. We opened a new vehicle/vessel licensing sub-agency in South Kitsap, an addition that allowed us to achieve our goal of improved service delivery to our customers in the south end of the county.
Highlights from 2011 include:
Like many in public service, we are being asked to do more with less in 2012. Despite these challenges we continue to look for additional services we can provide our customers.
Financial Services took full responsibility for administration of the county’s timekeeping system from the Personnel Department as part of their 2011 budget reductions. Currently, 75 percent of county departments use this system. In addition to providing these departments with technical support, we also serve as the lead in converting the rest of the county to this timekeeping system.
We continue to work through automating accounts payables (AP) to an electronic process. Kitsap is one of only three counties to make this leap. Our goal is to create an electronic processing system that doesn’t sacrifice internal controls or create additional tasks. Automating AP will allow customers to access records online and eliminates the need to store paper records.
Join the discussion at kitsapgov.com/aud.
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December 29, 2016