The biggest challenges facing Fairfield Twp. are its growth, said Fairfield Twp. Fiscal Officer Shelly Schultz.
The incumbent candidate for election on Nov. 5 said the growth the community is experiencing is causing a constant need for more police and fire on the streets, “yet the funds are not always available to make this happen.”
“Police and fire are so important to our community, and the expense to keep these departments running keeps rising. We always have to keep these two departments at the top of our priority list and find ways to fund them,” she said.
Schultz, who is a certified public accountant, is seeking her first full term as the township’s fiscal officer, taking over the job two years ago following the sudden death of the late Nancy Bock, who had served 18 years in the position. Schultz is challenged by political novice and 27-year Fairfield Twp. resident JoBeth Yambrich.
In her first two years on the job, Schultz said she had scrutinized the budget and will continue to do as she talks over each purchase with Township Administrator Julie Vonderhaar to “work together to bring down costs” before it’s presented to the board for a vote.
Schultz, a mother of two, said has both an affinity for accounting and a passion for the community – she previously was on the parent-teacher associations at Fairfield North and East. Her children currently attend St. Ann’s and Badin High School
“I thought I’d bring the two together and serve the community, and do accounting,” she said.
Stretching taxpayer dollars is an everyday job, from the annual budget preparation to subsequent township purchases on their necessity.
“I have successfully done this job for the past two years,” Schultz said. “I’ve spent hours educating myself in government accounting so that I could be knowledgeable about this position when I was appointed, and I have learned an enormous amount of information over the last two years.
“I have so much more to learn, and so much more I would like to accomplish in the next four years,” she said. “I feel honored to have served our community and would love a chance to continue to be able to in the future.”
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