COLUMBUS – State Representative Jason Stephens (R-Kitts Hill) today announced the Ohio House of Representatives passed House Bill 450, legislation that creates a layer of protection for outgoing and incoming local government fiscal officers while providing more transparency to local government actions to the taxpayer.
House Bill 450 creates a Certificate of Transition, which will provide local government fiscal officers with a checklist to ensure a smooth exchange of information between outgoing and incoming fiscal officers.
“It has been the greatest privilege of mine to serve as a public official, both as a County Auditor and as a State Representative. However, we can’t look past the duties and responsibilities that we hold while serving in these positions, including the responsibility to be ever-transparent in our work,” said Stephens.
Through establishing the Certificate of Transition, House Bill 450 establishes a clear, auditable trail to protect both outgoing and incoming fiscal officers, including County Auditors, County Treasurers, Township Fiscal Officers and School Treasurers.
The above listed fiscal officers will have a voice in determining the prescribed checklist needed to complete the Certificate of Transition.
“It is my goal for House Bill 450 to establish a system to protect the reputations of good fiscal officers while improving the transparency to the local taxpayer,” Stephens concluded.
House Bill 450 passed unanimously with a vote of 91-0 and now heads to the Senate for consideration.
For more information, contact Rep. Stephens’ office at 614-466-1366 or email@example.com