Generally a no-show, Assessor Ditton comes out of the woodwork
The Avon Township Board held their monthly meeting on March 10, 2014 and one of the items on the agenda was the proposed budget for the coming year. Due to tax levy reductions enacted by the previous administration to allow homeowners some tax relief, there was massive cuts across all departments. One stranger in attendance was Avon Township Assessor who hasn’t shown up at a board meeting in months after a spat with a previous Trustee regarding his expenditure reimbursement for a downstate lobbying trip. Records indicate that last year Assessor Ditton’s budget was $242,450 but his office ended up going way over budget with expenses of $364,834. In the proposed budget he is being allocated $291,794. Assessor Ditton had asked for $316,189 for his offices 2014/2015 fiscal needs. During the current fiscal year the amount spent by the assessors office amounted to 55% of the TOTAL Township revenue.
Below is the portion of the meeting where Assessor Ditton is pleading his case using examples of other township assessor office expenditures. He was unable, when asked, to say whether some of his general office expenses currently paid for by the Township are also included in those other township figures.
During the meeting there were the usual reports from the Highway Commissioner as well as the Supervisor, Trustees, and Clerk. There was a presentation of new software being offered to make record keeping and tracking of General Assistance much more efficient (not included in the video below). Wendy Warden commented on the food pantry and invited everyone to stop and see the changes/updates to the pantry before leaving. I found it to be very well organized and had viewed earlier photos of everything being scrubbed down by staff and volunteers the other day. Kudos!
There was also discussion on the infamous Avon Township Newsletter. The plan is to publish just ONE issue with a printing of 25,000 copies. This would also allow for some additional copies that could be mailed out to anyone inquiring about Township services. In the Newsletter, residents would be asked to submit their email addresses in order to receive future on-line ONLY newsletters. A link will also be on the township website for those who prefer to download the newsletter from there. A photographer was in the audience to take the board members mugshots for the upcoming newsletter as well as the newly designed website which will be available soon. One last thing on the agenda was a short discussion on the upcoming Town Hall Meeting asking if there were any other topics to be added to that agenda. That meeting is to be held on April 8th at 7:00 at the township office.
Below is the FULL length video of the meeting: