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I began my service to Washington County residents in 1997 as deputy treasurer and was promoted to chief deputy treasurer at the end of 2008. I served in that capacity until being elected your Washington County Treasurer in 2014.

I'm a lifelong Arkansan, spending the past 21 years in Washington County. In 1990, I graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and a minor in journalism.

Saving taxpayer dollars whenever possible is taken seriously in the Treasurer's office. In 2015, your Treasurer's office is maximizing interest returns, bringing in nearly 12% more than this time last year. Also, by using our in-house IT department, we're helping construct a new and secure database, saving thousands in annual costs. Finally, I've cut the Treasurer's budgets for 2016 by 6.5%, which includes a 25% reduction in non-personnel costs.

Transparency is a must when dealing with public dollars. My door is always open to anyone voicing concerns or to any citizen needing questions answered.

Washington County is a great place to live and I'm honored to serve you.

---Bobby Hill

The County Treasurer is the disbursement officer of the county and is responsible for the custody and disbursement of funds to the county, school districts, cities, rural fire districts, and improvement districts. The Treasurer receives property taxes from the tax collector, county sales tax collections, state turn back funds, grant funds, fees and fines from other county officials and departments, and revenues from various other sources. The Treasurer, after receiving this revenue, distributes the money to the various taxing entities and the other units of the county.

The Treasurer maintains collateralization of county funds held above FDIC limits and invests funds to get interest returns for the county. The Treasurer reconciles bank statements monthly but ensures daily balances are correct between the treasurer's account ledger and banking ledger.

After the County Comptroller prepares documentation and files it with the County Clerk's office, the Treasurer prepares and signs checks to pay employees and creditors of the county.

The Treasurer assists with the annual budget process by projecting revenues for the upcoming year.

The Treasurer must keep an accurate and detailed account of all receipts and disbursements of the county (ACA 14-15-807). The Treasurer is required to make a monthly financial report to the Quorum Court on the fiscal condition of the county (ACA 14-20-105).

The County Treasurer is required to charge a two percent commission on all funds coming to his/her office. There are a few exceptions. No commission is allowed for the handling of borrowed money, money collected from insurance on losses, fire protection premium taxes (Act 833 funds for fire departments) and all non-revenue receipts, which is defined as reimbursement of all or a part of a payment made by a county (ACA 21-6-302, 6-17-908, 6-20-221, and 14-284-403). Also, the County Treasurer is allowed a smaller commission, 1/4 of 1%, on funds from school districts that employ their own treasurer (ACA 6-13-701) and 1/8 of 1% on funds from municipal improvement districts (ACA 14-90-913). The commission is not kept by the Treasurer but is intended to create a source of revenue accruing to the office from which the salary and operation of the office is paid. Any excess Treasurer's commission shall be redistributed to the various entities that were charged on a pro-rata basis (AG Opinion #78-112).

Last updated: 11/6/2015 3:40:58 PM