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Letter to the Editor

Support for re-election of Treasurer Curt Carson

June 20, 2012 - Dear Editor,

Most of us have been made aware by published news reports of the acrimony that has existed among the members of our Independence Township board.

This, in part, was a contributing factor that prompted our previous township clerk to resign before the end of her term.

One of our citizens was so disgusted by what he had observed that he wrote a letter published in The Clarkston News suggesting we not re-elect any of them.

When Curt Carson asked me if I would serve on his re-election committee, I had some serious doubts as to whether or not I could support him.

So, over lunch, I figuratively took him to the woodshed over an incident that had left a very bad taste in my mouth.

While the embarrassment to those involved could not be undone, he appraised me of certain behind the scene actions of other board members that created a public misconception of what he appeared to have done.

Among the elected members of the township board, the supervisor, clerk and treasurer each hold designated responsibilities for the day to day operation of the township. The township trustees make up the balance of the board. Ideally, those responsible for the day to day operation of the township ought to have certain skill sets.

The Treasurer's Department consists of two employees, so Curt is not a figurehead, but a hands on manager. His day begins at 7 a.m. and seldom ends before 6 p.m. His department is responsible for the calculation and collection of property taxes for disbursement to the Clarkston school district, Oakland County, Huron Valley Metro Parks, Oakland Community College, the Detroit Zoo and bond payments.

He gives personal oversight over the investment of $14 million in long term investments through Munder Capital and $13 million in short term investments through various banks of his choosing.

How has Independence Township benefited from Curt's stewardship, as treasurer, for the last three and a half years?

He traveled to Lansing and persuaded State Treasurer, Andy Dillon, to rescind the treasury's requirement that the Township Hall be refinanced; effectively saving the township approximately $75,000 in financing costs, keeping over a million dollars of interest expense in the community, and allowing Water and Sewer funds to enjoy a continuing 5 percent return.

Carson worked with distressed developers and taxpayers and was able to capture 100 percent of delinquent taxes, special assessments and safety path contributions totaling $948,000 and without litigation.

He persuaded Standard & Poors to increase the township credit rating from AA to AA+; effectively reducing the Township's cost to borrow money.

On balance, I believe that Curt has done an exemplary job and has earned another four years. Please join me by enabling this to happen.

Philip O. Dutton

Independence Township

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