Monday, October 25, 2004

Math professor challenging county treasurer



By Cindi Andrews
Enquirer staff writer

A University of Cincinnati math professor is running for Hamilton County treasurer in a rematch with incumbent Rob Goering.

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Professor Bob Drake, a Democrat, is taking his second stab at the office, promising to lower property owners' taxes with his catch-phrase of "Bob Drake, tax break."

"Hamilton County has the highest property taxes in the state, and there's a reason for that," Drake said. "Republicans have done a horrid job of managing the county's money and running the county in a responsible way."

The treasurer's top responsibilities include overseeing the county's investments and collecting property taxes. Goering, a Republican, has been treasurer since 1992.

Drake's "tax break" involves letting property owners pay their taxes a little at a time instead of twice a year - an option Goering already offers. The difference is, Goering says he uses the earnings from early tax payments to pay administrative costs of the program, whereas Drake would use the earnings to reduce the owner's tax bill.

But Drake is exaggerating how much property owners would get back, Goering said. About 14,000 people took part in the program last year, he said, earning the county $57,000 in interest on the early payments. That works out to about $4 per person.

Goering said voters should return him to the treasurer's office because he has the experience and a record of fiscal responsibility. Spending is down 7 percent in the office since Goering took over 14 years ago, he said.

About the candidates

Rob Goering

Party: Republican

Hometown: Indian Hill

Age: 44

Occupation: County treasurer since 1991, private attorney, adjunct professor at Salmon P. Chase College of Law

Experience: Several treasurer's office jobs, from mailroom to chief investment officer; member of Board of Directors of Boy Scouts' Dan Beard Council

Education: Bachelor's from Dennison University; law degree from Northern Kentucky University's Salmon P. Chase College of Law

Personal: Wife, Shelley; two children

Quote: "I think my experience and the fact that I've been a good steward of taxpayer money indicates that I'm a better choice."

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Bob Drake

Party: Democratic

Hometown: Anderson Township

Age: 51

Occupation: Math education professor at the University of Cincinnati

Experience: Former professor at the University of Wisconsin; former vice president of board of directors of Mental Health Services East; ran for treasurer four years ago

Education: Bachelor's and doctorate degrees from Indiana University

Personal: Single

Quote: "Hamilton County has the highest property taxes in the state, and there's a reason for that. Republicans have done a horrid job of managing the county's money and running the county in a responsible way."

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