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Senate Committee Prudence Response From Karen 3-2010

Senate Committee Prudence Response From Karen 3-2010

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Prudence and Economy: Rethinking State Limits on Gounty Offices Responses Submitted by Karen D. Adams, CPA, Merced County Treasurer-Tax Collector- Clerk-Registrar of Voters (TTC-CC ROV) at senate committee
Prudence and Economy: Rethinking State Limits on Gounty Offices Responses Submitted by Karen D. Adams, CPA, Merced County Treasurer-Tax Collector- Clerk-Registrar of Voters (TTC-CC ROV) at senate committee

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COUNTYCLERK
Reg
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TREASURER
-TAX
COLLECTOR
Karen
D,
Adams,
CPA
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TO:FOR:
March
16,
2010CaliforniaSenate LocalGovernment Committee
Oversight
Hearing onPrudence andEconomy:Rethinking
State
Limitson CountyOffices
HELD:
State
Capitol,
Room
112,
Wednesday,March
17,2010
Please
find
myattached
responses
to
the
questions
set
forthin
the
Briefing
Paper for
the
Oversight
Hearing.
I
thank
you
for
the
opportunity
to
speak
on
your
panel
andhope
I
haveprovidedinsightful argumentsagainstanyfurtherconsolidation
ofincompatible offices.
 
Prudence
andEconomy: Rethinking
State
Limits
on
Gounty
Offices
Responses Submitted
by
Karen
D.
Adams,
CPA,Merced County Treasurer-TaxCollector-Clerk-Registrar
of
Voters
(TTC-CC
ROV)
at
senate committee
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112
Prudence
and Economv:Rethinkinq
State
Limits
onCountvOffices
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Would
counties
benefit
from
a
simplified
and standardizedstatute
governing
the
consolidation
of
county
offrces?
In
somecases
a
consolidation
may
be
practical
and
benefit
thecitizens ifno "incompatibility
of authority'
exists.
Clearlythe Auditor
and
Treasurer andnotcompatibleand clash ofduties does so
exist.
Incompatibility
addresses
the
need
for
independence.
The
independence
of
an
Elected
as
intended
by the
original
CA
Constitution
must
beprotected.
lf
these
Elected
positions
wereconverted
to
an
Appointedstatus,
the
appointeecould
be
subjected
to
undue
politicalpressure
or
influences.
Prudencedefines
the
practical
duty
in
which
provident
care
is
essential
over
the
management
of
resources
in
order
to
meet
the
organization'sobjectives,
while
Economy
is
charged
with
the
efficient, sparing,or
conciseuse
of
resources.Therefore, Prudence
must
outweigh
any
Economicbenefits
in
order
to
provideassurance
of
a fair
equitable
systemwithjustice
while
preserving
the
assets
held
under the trust
of
the
citizens.
o
If
changes
to
these
statutes
are
necessary,
what
issues
should
state
law
address
and
what
issues
should be
left
to
the
discretion
of
county ofhcials
andvoters?
It
is
imperative
for
statelaw
to
uphold
the
intent
of
our
founding
fathers
in
all
standards
to
ensure
protection
ofour
rights.
The
CA
Merced County
fiC-CCROV
Response Page
-
1
 
legislatorsnow have
an
opportunity
to
eliminate
the
inconeistencies
in the
present
law
and
to
explicitlyprohibit
the
abrogation
of
the
incompatibility
doctrine.
There must be
restrictionsplaced
on
the
Board
of
Supervisors
to
prevent
the
right
to
redefine
an
Elected
statusrepresentingthe
entire
through
the
useofanordinance
or an
abili$to
persuadespeclal
privilegessought
through
legislature.
Merced County
TTC-CCROV
Response Page-
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Dear Karen Adams, Thank you for this thorough and accurate expose of the huge risks relating to combining the Treasurer and Controller offices. Sadly, too few in government sufficiently understand internal controls. Clearly it's is not prudent to violate sound and proven internal controls for small or temporary savings. Sincrely, Dai Meagher Certified Public Accountant

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