State Auditor Yost to speak June 20 in PerrysburgWritten by Staff Reports | | firstname.lastname@example.org
By Mo Sheahan, Toledo Free Press Staff Writer
Ohio State Auditor Dave Yost has a few stories to share about government accountability — some of which are quite good, he said.
Yost is scheduled to speak about his office’s effort to audit the spending and efficiency of government practices across Ohio to an expected crowd of more than 150 at the Greater Toledo Republican Club’s annual member appreciation dinner on June 20.
The conversation is not about party affiliation, Yost said. He said that ensuring accountability with taxpayer dollars is something everyone should be concerned about.
“I think we need to start focusing on where we share interests, rather than where we differ,” Yost said.
John Schulte, president-elect of the Greater Toledo Republican Club, said Yost’s appearance brings one of the most visible elected republican officials in the state to the Toledo area.
“He will be a great speaker, very topical,” Schulte said. “We’re excited to bring Yost to Toledo.”
A recent audit conducted by Yost’s office revealed “scrubbing” of attendance records at Toledo Public Schools (TPS).
“TPS has issues folks should be concerned about,” Yost said. “They are also working hard to do better. My understanding is that they have discontinued prior attendance practices. We are also on our way to correcting issues at the state level.”
On an annual basis, Yost’s office conducts a financial audit of every government agency in the Toledo area. In addition, the office is occasionally invited to conduct a performance audit, such as the yearlong audit completed in Maumee in 2011 and 2012, which identified ways for the city to save millions, Yost said.
Yost said he looks forward to events like the membership dinner, which enable him to talk to constituents around the state.
“I always get there early and hang around late so I can talk to the folks that want to talk,” he said. “Issues vary around the state. That’s one of the values of getting out of Columbus and the hot house of Capitol Square, [is to] talk to folks around the state.”
While local issues differ, Yost sees common concerns throughout Ohio.
“People are still worried about the economy, jobs and the affordable health care act,” he said.
During the remainder of 2013 and beyond, Yost plans to continue with his office’s prime mission, which he says is to “go after the bad guys who steal the money, and help local and state governments to get skinnier.”
Later this month, Yost said, he will close the books on the first round of 2013 state performance audits, which he said include significant savings. Results of all state audits, including those specific to Toledo, can be found at www.auditor.state.oh.us.
The Greater Toledo Republican Club is pleased to host Yost as the keynote speaker of this year’s membership dinner, Schulte said. He said the club was established in 1935 and is the oldest Republican club in the area.
“We want to spread the conservative message and support Republican candidates seeking public office in Lucas County. We’re about less government, and pro-business,” he said.
Club meetings take place on the last Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Wernert’s Corners Civic Association Building, 5068 Douglas Road. Schulte said prominent speakers are scheduled for each meeting. The list of past speakers includes Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel, among others. Anyone is invited and new members are always welcome, Schulte said.
Tickets to the membership dinner, to take place at the Holiday Inn French Quarter in Perrysburg, are $35 for individuals, $65 for couples or $250 for a table of eight. They may be purchased by calling current Greater Toledo Republican Club President Les Rupert at (734) 856-2296 or Schulte at (419) 833-2500. The reservation deadline is June 13; no tickets will be sold at the door.