Butler Township is governed by a three-member Board of Trustees, who are elected in November of odd-numbered years to a four-year term beginning on the following January 1. Two are elected in the year after the presidential election and one is elected in the year before it. There is also an elected Township Fiscal Officer, who serves a four-year term beginning on April 1 of the year after the election, which is held in November of the year before the presidential election.
The township fiscal officer is an elected official and is independent of the township trustees, yet, by law, the fiscal officer must work closely with the trustees. The trustees have the legislative authority in the township and the fiscal officer is the legally designated township financial officer and must keep an accurate record of all township accounts and transactions. It is the responsibility of the fiscal officer to comply strictly with the legal requirements set for his/her duties, to establish and practice rules for efficient management of that office, and to follow good accounting practices in maintaining records and accounts.
The Ohio Revised Code states several required duties of the fiscal officer including, but not limited to:
1) keeping accurate record of the proceedings of township trustee meetings
2) keeping accurate records of all the accounts and transactions
of the township trustees
3) issuing all checks
4) preparing payroll
Each year the fiscal officer must prepare an estimate of the revenues and expenditures for the next succeeding year and submit it to the county auditor. Once this is done, a resolution is passed by the trustees which formally adopts the budget as revised and approved by the County Budget Commission.
Elected for a term beginning 4/1/2016 through 3/31/2020