By Jim Provenza and Don Saylor
GUEST COMMENTARY – Measure H will increase efficiency and accountability within Yolo County by providing an effective financial system.
Currently, the County Auditor-Controller/Treasurer-
An appointed Director of Finance is necessary to provide long-term financial planning and stability. The transition from an elected Auditor-Controller/Treasurer-
- REDUCE COSTS. Measure H reduces taxpayer costs by at least $180,000 annually through consolidation of financial operations. Based on the experience of other counties, long-term costs savings will be realized from consolidating the financial expertise that exists in county administration, auditor-controller, and other departments.
- IMPROVE EFFICIENCY. Measure H consolidates the County’s financial operations into a single office. In tough economic times, it is vital to reform and consolidate Yolo County’s financial offices to improve efficiency. Based on a review of county financial operations, there are two separate organizational units performing related and sometimes redundant financial management and planning functions.
- ENHANCE ACCOUNTABILITY. Measure H establishes a Finance Oversight Committee and requires an annual independent audit of the internal controls of the Department of Finance. The Finance Oversight Committee will consist of representatives of the public with financial expertise, including cities, special districts, and school districts, and the Board of Supervisors. This is an added level of scrutiny beyond any current practices.
- IMPROVE CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS. Establishing this position as an appointed Director of Finance, will allow applying professional standards in excess of the minimum qualifications required by state law. An increasing number of Counties are making this transition in order to respond to increased complexities of financial management and integration of financial systems. The Board of Supervisors will appoint the Director of Finance with input from other stakeholder groups. The Director of Finance can only be dismissed with cause following a public hearing.
Under our democratic system voters have the right to elect officials who will make decisions in the best interest of this county and its citizens. Voters rightly expect their elected officials to work tirelessly to examine and implement the best practices in the interest of Yolo County. That is precisely why Measure H is being proposed by the five elected members of the Board of Supervisors. The economy we are in today is the toughest in the past 70 years. Yolo County is seeking ways to save money and improve accountability and service. Measure H is a successful cost-savings model being put into practice throughout the state.
We ask for your support.
Jim Provenza is Chair and the representative for the 4th District on the County Board of Supervisors – he represents the eastern and southern portion of the city of Davis. Don Saylor is the representative for the 2nd District on the County Board of Supervisors – he represents the western and northern portion of the city of Davis.