It's Your Money
Process Improvements and Cost Savings Endeavors
WAYS THE VENTURA COUNTY TREASURER-TAX COLLECTOR HAS SAVED YOU MONEY:
- Established a special collections program to attack high-balance, long-term delinquencies on Unsecured property, resulting in unbudgeted extra collections of $1.4 million in first year.
- Negotiated a reduction in the fee charged for on-line and credit card payments to 2.35%, down from 2.5%.
- E-check fee went down to a flat charge of $2 per transaction from $3.
- Voluntary $10,000 salary reduction by Judge Hintz, for a savings (including applicable benefits) of $13,000.
- Voluntary waiver of the automobile allowance by Judge Hintz, saving you $4,500 per year.
- Reduced assigned cell phones by 25%, saving you $1,000 per year.
- Extended and modified the County’s banking contract with Wells Fargo, on favorable terms, saving about $60,000 per year.
- Decreased the use of extra help employees from as many as 12 per heavy collection seasons to 3, a savings of about $7,000 per year.
- Document imaging project reduced storage charges $71 per box per year, for a 2011 savings of $1,100.
IMPROVEMENTS WE MADE SINCE 2011:
Ways the Ventura County Treasurer-Tax Collector improved service to you:
- Extended business hours Monday-Friday, 7:30 A.M to 5:30 P.M.
- Increased on-line payment options to include all 4 major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover).
- Expanded the number of County agencies and departments approved for on-line payments from 2 to 5.
- Opened an ADA-compliant customer service station, effectively increasing public service stations from 4 to 5.
- Developed new cash handling policy, enhancing security and accountability.
- Enhanced internal security with additional cameras and larger memory cards.
- Enhanced internal control measures to safeguard assets and resources in compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and policies.
- Actively participated in the development of multi-agency Property Tax Assessment and Collection System.
- Developed electronic imaging system for transmission and deposit of paper checks, reducing paper use and processing time.
- Created Investment Work Group, to ensure appropriate professional experience in managing the Treasury investment program.
Find out more financial information about the County of Ventura through the following links:
Counties Annual Reports – California State Controller
Annual Financial reports for all the counties in California, including Ventura County
Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), for Ventura County – Ventura County Auditor’s Office
Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for Ventura County, various fiscal years
Adopted Budget, for Ventura County – Ventura County Auditor’s Office
Adopted Budget for Ventura County, various fiscal years
Ventura County Employees Retirement Association (VCERA) Investment Reports – Ventura County Employees Retirement Association
Investment Reports for VCERA, various years available
State Rating Category Map – State Rating Category Map
Also available – Actuarial Report as of June 30, 2012