Scheduled speakers included Assessor Chris Ditton who was a no-show
At the request of residents who attended last years Avon Town Hall Meeting, this years meeting was held prior to the regular Avon Township Monthly Board Meeting so that those who didn’t want to stay could leave afterwards. This years nominated Moderator was Ann Richmond who did an excellent job in handling the one hour meeting. The agenda indicated that there would be three speakers at tonight’s Town Hall meeting including Assessor Chris Ditton, Highway Commissioner Bob Kula, and Supervisor Lisa Rusch.
It didn’t come as a surprise to anyone that the only scheduled speaker missing was Assessor Ditton who only showed up at last months meeting to get his photo taken for the upcoming newsletter/website update and to complain about his budget being reduced for the upcoming fiscal year. Instead he sent his report to Supervisor Rusch who read portions of it to those in attendance.
There was discussion from the audience regarding the several Bills moving through the Springfield chambers that may have an impact on Avon Township, including the elimination of the Highway Commissioner’s position. You can hear all of the conversation in the first hour-long video below.
The second hour-long video is the Avon Township Regular Monthly meeting. Things were moving along pretty smooth until they got to the portion of the meeting where they approve bill payment. Once again Assessor Chris Ditton submitted bills in excess of his budget with no suggestions on where they get the funds from in order to pay them. Thus, a lengthy discussion followed on where to place the items where there was existing funds in order to pay the bills. This is just another example of the ongoing struggle this Board is having when it comes to dealing with the Assessors office. Supervisor Rusch mentioned that she had attended a Township meeting elsewhere to see how they interact with their Assessors office. At that meeting the Assessor indicated that if the budget needed to be reduced in anticipation of less revenue, it was OK to do whatever they needed to do to his office’s budget and that he would make adjustments accordingly. That doesn’t seem to be the case with the Avon Township Assessor who appears as though he would rather play hardball during his tenure. Voters might want to keep this in mind when elections roll around for this office.