Patrick Miles
Kelly Doering / Stick People Productions

Dane County taxpayers deserve fair treatment and strong leadership in the Treasurer’s Office, and that’s why I’m running. The treasurer plays an extremely important role in county government. The treasurer collects property taxes, works with people who have fallen behind to get them caught up on back taxes, manages the deeding and sale of delinquent properties, negotiates and manages the county’s bank contracts to ensure best investment of taxpayers’ money, provides counsel and support to municipal treasurers, and is the voice for the county on TIF joint review boards.

The decision to run against an incumbent Democrat is not one that I take lightly. However, I have serious concerns about the current treasurer, who has ignored many functions of the job and exercised poor judgment leading to unfair treatment of taxpayers. He has also taken credit for the upturn in the economy, claiming title to decreased delinquencies. Meanwhile, the number of Madison delinquencies has spiked 10 percent. As treasurer, I will engage in all parts of the job and treat taxpayers equally.

I am a serious, detail-oriented, policy-driven leader who has a long record of standing strong for those I serve. I have 16 years of public service as a county supervisor and former village board member. Professionally I’ve been developing and maintaining billion-dollar public financing systems for nearly 20 years. This work demonstrates my attention to detail, a high degree of accuracy and strong problem-solving skills.

Throughout my public service I’ve focused on land use and economic development issues. I chaired the Finance Committee as a Village Board trustee and chaired the Dane County Zoning Committee for the last eight of my 10 years on the County Board. I protected taxpayers by prohibiting zoning changes on properties until back taxes were addressed. I stood up for Dane County residents concerned about the risks posed by Enbridge's pipeline plans to triple the amount of tar sands oil flowing through our county. I championed the Better Urban Infill Development grant program that helped transform sites like the former, contaminated Royster-Clark property.

The Treasurer's Office should treat all communities equally. The incumbent has treated taxpayers unfairly and undermined trust in the tax system. The incumbent excluded city of Madison residents from a notification of lottery tax credit eligibility. The county treasurer represents all Dane County taxpayers regardless of who prepares the tax bill. This kind of discrimination will not happen on my watch.

Additionally, he undermined the integrity of the Treasurer’s Office when he allowed a developer to profit from not paying his property taxes. This same developer bid on the very properties he lost due to years of unpaid taxes. The result was that the city of Sun Prairie was stuck holding the bill for $75,000. I will restore the integrity of the tax system and treat all taxpayers fairly.

I value the contributions of our public servants. As the business manager for a nonprofit, I managed staff and the organization’s budget. My work consistently produced increased productivity and decreased staffing demands. I will show respect for our public employees by encapsulating their institutional knowledge and engaging in succession planning with prospective retirees.

You deserve strong leadership in our county treasurer. I have the technical and managerial expertise, passion for equality, and extensive experience in public office to be that leader. I know county and local government and I know how to collaborate with stakeholders to get things done. As treasurer, I will use my thorough knowledge of Dane County resources to link taxpayers to appropriate services. I will establish and maintain collaborative, working relationships with municipal treasurers. Please visit MilesForDane.com to read more about me, my plans to serve you and why state Sen. Mark Miller and more than 50 other state and local leaders have endorsed me to be your next Dane County treasurer. Thank you for being an informed voter in this important primary election. I appreciate your vote on Aug. 9.

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