The Daily Sentry asked a series of questions to the candidate chamberlains of the city of Oneida. Each candidate was given 700 words to respond. Here are the answers of the Democratic candidate chamberlain Lillian White.
White worked in the banking industry for 26 years in New York City and worked for JP Morgan Chase as an executive director. She is known in the community for her work with the Oneida Rotary Club as a past president and serves on the board of directors of the Oneida Library.
What makes you qualified for the position of chamberlain of the city?
During my 26 years in banking, one of my main responsibilities was the custody of client assets.
Learning of the recent investigation at the chamberlain’s office into the missing funds in the town of Oneida, my experience in banking and especially in custody management would be of benefit to ensure that we have safeguards in place for the right one. processing payments from our residents.
Do you have experience in preparing a budget?
I have been involved with several local organizations that have active budgets including; St. Peters Lutheran Church in Verona, Oneida Public Library and during my tenure with JP Morgan.
I have served and been involved in annual reviews and / or budget preparation to varying degrees for these entities. I’ll be the first to say that ideas don’t always come from our past experiences. Other communities in upstate New York are able to lower their tax rates with careful planning.
I would look to take advantage of these communities, find out how they were able to accomplish this and see if it makes sense to our community.
Being a steward of taxpayers’ money is an important responsibility that I would not take lightly. One of the most important aspects of any strong budget is a reserve line to use for future capital projects. It is very important for the longevity and prosperity of our city.
If you are elected, what would you do with your first month?
Walking into this office with a fresh outlook coupled with my banking background, I will undoubtedly make waves. “Because we’ve always done it that way” is not a phrase in my vocabulary. I would evaluate the procedures for processing receipts and payments. I would look at the reconciliation and reporting processes and make sure our systems are up to date. I would then present the findings and opportunities for savings and guarantees with a preliminary plan to implement these changes to the mayor and city council.