Charlotte, MI, March 01, 2016 --(PR.com
)-- Bob Robinson [D – Sunfield Township] announced today that he will file for re-election as Eaton County Treasurer in the upcoming November 2016 election. He was elected to his first term in office in November of 2012.
Bob believes his biggest achievement during his first term was the passage of Senate Bill 547, a law he pushed through the state legislature that lets the treasurer’s office tax foreclose Eaton County properties that were previously given away to the state. The Bill got nearly unanimous bipartisan support in both the Michigan House and Senate, and was signed into law by Governor Snyder as Public Act 132 of 2014.
“This [law] lets us control our own tax foreclosed properties and publicly auction them to local residents, businesses, and farmers,” said Bob. “That helps local schools, supports business, increases property values for us all, and prevents slumlords from taking over our foreclosures.”
It has also saved the county money. In 2015, its first year as a foreclosing unit, the treasurer’s office has retained more than $200,000 in fees that used to leave the county. Foreclosure status is expected to generate millions in economic activity in the years ahead.
“I’ve worked hard to improve everything in the treasurer’s office,” said Bob. “I’ve saved taxpayers $2.65 million by refinancing old debts, reduced annual borrowing by $500,000, improved efficiency, and diversified county funds into safer investments with higher returns. Working with several local nonprofits, I’ve helped dozens of families, seniors, and veterans avoid losing their homes to tax foreclosure. I’m proud to have delivered on every objective I established for my first term in office, and more.”
Since getting elected in 2012, the county’s credit rating has been upgraded from AA- to AA by Standard and Poor’s rating services.
“I’ve revolutionized the operations of the Treasurer’s office,” added Bob. “Delinquent taxes and dog licenses can now be paid online by credit card, debit card, or e-check. I’ve also implemented a paperless operation. By electronically storing documents, I’ve reduced search time and removed more than 2,000 pounds of musty, old paper from the office dating back to the 1940s. Additionally, residents enjoy improved access to treasurer’s services through a 24-hour website. A new satellite office was opened in Delta Township through a bipartisan collaboration with the County Clerk and Delta Township officials last year. These streamlined business processes and operations are saving taxpayers hundreds of thousands. The best thing,” said Bob. “It’s all been done without one dime in additional cost to taxpayers.”
As treasurer, Bob is a constitutional officer of the county and custodian of all county funds. He records revenue, is keeper of all property tax rolls and certifications, manages the sale of county dog licenses, collects delinquent property taxes, and forecloses tax delinquent properties. Bob also serves on the county Elections Commission and Brownfield Redevelopment Authority. He is Chairperson of the county’s Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) District, a program that made history by housing the Michigan Public Service Commission in an energy-updated commercial property in Eaton County. He is a member of the Michigan Association of County Treasurers, and is certified in advanced public funds investment management from the Municipal Treasurers Association of the United States and Canada. A longtime member of the Public Relations Society of America, he is also internationally accredited in the practice of public relations. His community activities include membership in the Charlotte Rotary, and serving on the boards of Capital Area Community Services, Courthouse Square Association, and the Bismark Community Boosters. Before getting elected in 2012 he operated an independent business for 33 years.
Bob lives north of Vermontville in the unincorporated community of Bismark with his wife of 22 years, Amy Rose. He has two daughters; Zoey, a student at Lansing Community College, and Keeley, a sophomore at Maple Valley High School. He is grandfather to one-year-old Owen and three-year-old Olivia who live in Yorkville, Illinois with son Jonathan and daughter-in-law Kayte.
“A few years back I stepped out of the cornfields of Sunfield Township and announced I was running for public office. That surprised a lot of people. I had never held office before. But I think it’s important that everyday people step up and serve when they believe they can improve a public office. My eventually getting elected treasurer has worked out very well and I think the people of Eaton County agree. I’m excited for the opportunity to keep positive direction and vision going in the treasurer’s office. I love serving the citizens of Eaton County and I’m passionate about being their treasurer. I humbly hope to get re-elected in November,” said Bob.
For more information, Bob can be contacted directly by phone at (517) 281-8399.