I am Michael Collins and I welcome you to my Campaign for Miami Township Fiscal Officer Website. I have been a resident of Miami Township for approximately 30 years. Up to the past few years I was a Senior Field Service Engineer and Instrument Specialist for a Scientific Instrumentation Manufacture. I traveled extensively, approaching 200 nights annually, both domestic and internationally. Frequently I dealt with government agencies at the federal, state, county and local level, as well as departments and agencies of foreign governments. I know the protocol, paperwork and red tape of dealing with government. I voluntarily left the above position due to some personal family matters, which required that I not be away from home for extended periods. Thus, for the past few years, I have been able to study issues of the township and the governance of such. Below are issues and matters that will assist to inform the voting public of township matters and my position regarding such. Please take the time to review such, as I believe it will assist every voting citizen in understanding my candidacy. I ask for you vote for the below reasons and thank you for such. I will always perform in the best interest of the residents of Miami Township and will always make myself available to all residents.

Why I am a candidate for Township Fiscal Officer?

In January 2011 - under the provisions of the Ohio Sunshine Laws which govern open meetings and public records - I requested certain financial documents of the township - specially their fund balance sheets. October 2011 - I still have not received the requested documents. Routinely the Clermont County Auditor’s Office produces records requests often the same day. The Clermont County Board of Elections’ goal is four working days. The township needs a Fiscal Officer that complies with the laws. Perhaps that my opponent - your incumbent Fiscal Officer is the chief financial officer at a manufacturing company in Fairfield. So who is watching the store...??? Take a look at the last state audit of the Fiscal Officer of the township. It is available on-line. This township deserves better.

The Issue of Experience

The qualifications for a township Fiscal Officer are: Resident of the township and Registered Voter. If elected as your Fiscal Officer I will serve full time - coming into the office weekly. My opponent - your incumbent Fiscal Officer is the Chief Financial Officer at a manufacturing business in Fairfield. Many years ago before I knew the difference between the budget and fund balance sheet - I visited the office of the Fiscal Officer and asked for a copy of the budget and the lady taking my request - I asked of her if the Fiscal Officer was in. She replied - He doesn’t come in here. During my first year in office and out of my personal funds I will have an active certified public accountant oversee all financial matters. Please understand that the Fiscal Officer position used to be called the CLERK. Duties require take attendance and vote roll call at Trustee board meetings as well as the minutes and oversee the financial matters of the township. The Fiscal Officer has NO legislative powers. I have served as my VFW Post Adjutant Officer (Assistant to the Commander) which takes the minutes for all meetings and as the Vice President of the Ohio Aviation Technicians Society (OATS) I take the meeting minutes in the absence of the recording secretary. I have served as the Southwest Ohio VFW Memorial Team Quartermaster (their Fiscal/Financial Officer) thus I am no stranger to this position. Holding an Inspection Authorization with the FAA - I am authorized to return aircraft to service. This is a very detailed record keeping position.

The Issue of Ethics

In 2005 I was a candidate for township trustee. Mark Keitel the other non-incumbent in this race was also a candidate in 2005. I attended a township association meeting in the fall of 2005 and was asked by a township employee if I was going to run for trustee and I replied YES.. In the same breathe I was then asked who I would be running against (all three seats were on the ballot). I replied the two expiring seats. Approximately three days later I was charged with an offense I did NOT do, by the Township Police Department. The Community Press carried a six paragraphs negative article about me and the charged offense without interviewing me for the article. In open Court, the Judge assigned to hear the case commented that I should have never been charged with the offense. I was not successful in the 2005 election bid. In 2007 Mark Keitel ran against Trustee Ken Tracy and Mark was charged with an offense circa the election campaign period. He was written up in a negative article in the Community Press. He was not successful in his election bid. In 2008 Archie Wilson, a Batavia Township trustee, ran in the Primary Election for the County Commissioner Seat against Ed Humphrey, the senior MIAMI TOWNSHIP Trustee. Archie Wilson was charged with an offense circa the campaign period and written up negatively in the Community Press and he was unsuccessful in his election bid.


The township BUDGET is a forecast of what the township predicts to spend in a given year. The actual spending is found in the FUND BALANCE SHEET, which is more like the check book of the township, showing income (deposits) from tax levies and grants and the like and expenses, such as salaries, fuel for township vehicles, salt for winter road treatment and the like. These two documents can differ greatly. In 2008 the township budget was projected at $31,805,859.56. The revenue that year was $23,309,860.64 but the actual expenses that year were (only)$21,148,479.14. Interestingly enough the township carried over $11,111,215.68 unencumbered balance into 2009 (and $12.4 million of unencumbered funds into 2010 and $15.5 million of unencumbered funds into 2011). In 2007 $6.951.471.58 unencumbered balance was carried into 2008. In 2006 $6,507,195.26 unencumbered balance was carried into 2007. In 2005 $6,578,843.06 unencumbered balance was carried into 2006. Your taxes dollars at work….!!!! Seems in these difficult economic times - the township has a bit too much of your tax dollars.

Click here to see the Township FUND BALANCE SHEETS.


As found on my website during the 2005 campaign, the issue of priorities is very dear to me. During 2004 and 2005 when I regularly attended the Miami Township Trustees’ Meetings-I ask myself why are Township Recreation Instructors at a pay rate of $15.00 per hour* and EMS (Emergency Medical Services) personnel at rates of $11.22**, $11.99** and $12.89** per hour? I value a quality recreation and parks system, but not at the expense of EMS. Priorities must be considered.
  • Source: Minutes-Trustees’ Meetings: 3-15-05, 4-19-05, 5-17-05, 6-21-05
  • **Source: Miami Township Website-Employment Opportunities 8/29/05 and Minutes-Trustees Meetings: 2-01-05 and 6-07-05

10% Off Candidate

I have spoken at some length about monetary issues. Thus let me cast the first stone. If elected as a Fiscal Officer, I will have ten percent of my annual fiscal officer salary remain in the Township Treasury and be earmarked for EMS.

Spending of your Tax Dollars

Who is the largest employer in the Township? Could the Township Government qualify for the top of the list? In reviewing the Green Township (Hamilton County) Newsletter, a township much larger than Miami Township, I ask myself WHY does Miami Township have a much larger Police Department than Green Township-a much larger OHIO Township?


The Township certainly has experienced growing pains. As a result of such, we see vehicular traffic congestion, issues with sewer and water, Township services coverage issues and the like. These all need to be addressed.
When properly zoned, I support the growth of small business. As a FAA commercially rated helicopter pilot and owner of two helicopters, I plan on opening a small helicopter aviation part-time weekend business in the near future. If elected as a Miami Township Fiscal Officer in November 2011, I pledge to the Township that I will donate one hour of flight time monthly of my Company’s aircraft and volunteer my services as commercial pilot in command to such. This time may be used for aerial survey by the Community Development Department of the Township or the Fire Department for aerial video taping of a training exercise. Time may not be used to transport township employees to business meetings within the State and items of that nature. Initially for each month of delay that I have not opened the business, I will reimburse the township at a rate of $100.00/hour (operating costs) for each hour I fail to deliver. The only condition I place on this pledge would be that if I fail to pass my annual FAA medical for health reasons beyond my control and lose my medical certificate (required to fly) - I would need to rescind this pledge.

"YOUR" Fiscal Officer

The residents own this township and it exists for them. As your Fiscal Officer, I want to be the voice of the people and listen to the concerns of the township residents. I desire to see a local government that is: by the people, of the people and for the people….

A Non-Partisan Race

The Fiscal Officer election is by definition of the Board of Elections, a non-partisan race. As your Fiscal Officer - I will serve all the residents in the township.

Local Interest Only

My interests are local only. I have no plans or agendas-past, present or future to pursue a county, state or federal office.

Who oversees the township Fiscal Officer?

Since I have started my campaign, I have been asked this question many times. The answer is NO ONE, (except a state audit). Fiscal Officers are elected by the voting public of the township and serve four years terms.

Current Township

I spoke of the BUDGET earlier in this website and while the BUDGET is a “projection” as discussed earlier, the  Township FUND BALANCE SHEET is the tell-tale document.  In the Milford-Miami Advertiser, 22 July 2009, it was reported that Miami Township had launched a new website.  In the article Tim Pennington, Township Community Relations Director commented:  “We have 15 years of searchable minutes, four years of resolutions and our current and past budgets-if you can’t find (it), it doesn’t exist”.  On Five October 2009 I typed in Budget and several years of budgets came up.  I then typed in Fund Balance Sheet in the SEARCH Box and one item came up, a scholarship FUND.  So according to Tim Pennington, the Fund Balance Sheet does not exist but I obtained it from the Township Offices and it appears near the top of this website under BUDGET.  Another interesting item reported in the Milford-Miami Advertiser on 26 August 2009 was that Tim Pennington’s Community Relations Director Position, at an annual salary of $55,000.00, was abolished-as was the Community Resource Director Cindy Huxel at an annual salary of $54,000.00.  The article went on to say: “(they) will be placed on administrative leave Aug 26 through Oct 2 to allow them to stay on the payroll in case they need to be consulted during the transition…”  Be interesting if after the election and if the incumbents make it back in-if these positions are restored… Interestingly these cuts did NOT last long. An assistant township administrator was newly hired at some $85,000 annually and an assistant recreation director was newly hired at some $35,000 anually. The was approximately $24,000 increase over the abolished positions' Brief savings.

How do you vote…???

It is unfortunate that in the 2008 presidential election that some 125 million people voted and of that 75 million folks voted uninformed or under informed.  But in today’s economy, both mom and pop need to be bread winners.  And when the day and week are over—little time is available to research issues and candidates.  So on election day voters commonly walk into the polling location and look at the ballot and “recognize” a name because such name was on a huge political sign while they sat in traffic.  A couple issues here—that sign may well have been the result of an incumbent candidate directing township vehicles to fuel at a given gas station—which most likely is located on a major intersection corner.  And come campaign time—it is easy for the incumbent to approach the gas station owner and ask to place the huge campaign signs on such property.  And that traffic jam may well have been created by the incumbent candidate behind the sign.  Does  the sign give a website to review the candidates qualifications and accomplishments—probably not, it just says RE-ELECT Jane or John Doe FISCAL OFFICER.  To vote off name recognition is to vote un-informed.  I am more likely to not vote for a name I only recognize, however I routinely request an absentee ballot, research the candidates and issues and vote informed as possible.

Your local vote…

From this material, it appears that your local vote is a very important vote.  US Senators and Presidents have little if any contact at the township level.  The above certainly demonstrates how important it is to select the correct  people to oversee the local township government.  I have posted this website as I feel it is important for the voters of the township to know their candidate’s positions —- over simply a campaign yard sign that re-enforces a candidate’s name.  Thus with viewing this material, should you feel this type of direction is needed —- then I am yourFiscal Officer and ask for your vote on November 8th.   And for your vote, I thank you and pledge to listen to the voice of the township and serve the citizens of Miami Township well…


For approximately 15 years as a former Senior Field Service Engineer and Instrument Specialist of a Scientific Instrumentation Manufacture of a major corporation, I had frequent dealings with federal, state, county and local governments, as well as departments of foreign governments.  I am familiar with such government operation operations.  As a Senior Field Service Engineer, I was responsible for a six figure budget as well as generation of revenue to support such budget.  Generation of funds for the budget and maintaining a balanced budget was one of my many strengths.  I believe one of my strongest areas to be communication  and rappore with the customer and in this case such are the residents of this township.  I look forward to being “your” Fiscal Officer.

My Unedited Answers to Condidate Forum Press Questions

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Michael Collins

30 years resident Miami Township
Married 30 years, Jeannie, Elementary School Teacher
Graduate, University of Cincinnati - Bachelor’s Degree College of Arts and Sciences
US Army Veteran, Vietnam Era
Member, Trinity United Methodist Church
Member, VFW Post 6562 Post Adjutant Officer 2005-2009 and Post Trustee 2006-2009
FAA commercially-rated helicopter pilot
FAA licensed aviation mechanic both airframe and powerplant endorsements
FAA licensed IA (Inspection Authorization)
Member, Greater Cincinnati Airmen’s Club
Member, Ohio Aviation Technicians’ Society (OATS) Current Vice President
Presenter, FAA OATS October 2009 IA license renewal seminar 25% of 8 hours program
Member, International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM) Ring 71 Historian
Member, Society of American Magicians
Membership in both magic organizations is via invitation
Volunteer time to perform magic for youth and senior groups for their enjoyment

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Michael Collins 5811 Monassas Run Drive , Milford OHIO 45150-2124

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