Name: Theresa Bosel
City of Residence: Lisbon
Party Affiliation: Republican
Office Desired: Recorder
Why should you be elected
It takes a tremendous amount of time and constant continuing education to learn the hundreds of laws that affect my office.
We record over 128 different types of documents and those documents are bound by hundreds of laws that the recorder must know so as to not become a liability and to protect the tax payers documents. I am able to hit the ground running on the first day of 2017 and do not need on the job training in order to continue fixing the issues in my office. We have addressed so many problems already but there are many more areas that need my attention.
I have a fantastic staff that care as deeply as I do about the work we are doing and the documents that we maintain. With a bogus law suit being waged against the county, I traveled to columbus with a proposed law to protect the tax payers of columbiana county with respect to not only my office but every county office.The law was passed in record time and now these huge corporations who just found a loop hole in the law, can never sue us again for frivolous reasons, and we will win the law suit currently on the supreme courts docket. This is extortion and I will not give tax payer dollars to these companies for no reason other than to make them go away. No one wants to go into an election with a law suit hanging over their head but I must be able to look at each and every tax payer in the eye and tell them that I fought for them… It would have been easy for me to pay this huge corporation $10,000 to make them go away but we did nothing wrong, we followed the law and if we don’t stand up and fight now they will keep coming back.
There are much better ways to use tax payer dollars. The systematic fleecing of the nations tax payers will continue but it will not happen in the Columbiana county recorders office while I am here. This California company has gone after 7 or 8 other counties in Ohio and the law that we had passed will protect those other counties now as well. It cost us not one penny to fight this company and I would do it again without hesitation. It was the right thing to do for the tax payers.
In my capacity as recorder I can make sure that with respect to my office we continue moving forward with the complete and total overhaul I began 4 years ago. Some of the first things we did when I started working in the office is place the documents online so they can be viewed and copied from your home or office. We completely overhauled the work flow so instead of it taking up to a year to get your originals back we receive, scan, record and hand your documents right back to you immediately. I held chesapeake’s feet to the fire and made them re-do the scan job they did so poorly, had them purchase for the office a state of the art camera, tripod and scanner at a cost of $7,000. I also negotiated a $500 a month payment from them to the office for the use of the counties documents. This is $6000 less per year of tax payer money I require to operate.
I helped draft a law which has been passed and signed into legislation to prevent these large corporations from suing the office for frivolous reasons. They try regularly to not only extort this office but many offices across the state. We followed the law and did not make the tax payers foot the bill for them to obtain copious amounts of information (millions of pages) that they then use to scam the tax payers; they really target seniors, but everyone is scammed. The lawsuit they filed with the supreme court is tantamount to them suing me for a ham sandwich (please call me and I will explain in depth).
In 4 years, I have taken 1 vacation and have worked my tail off for the tax payers of this county. I have a $117,000 cash carry-over at the beginning of the year and $160,000 presently (this is money I have at my disposal that I choose not to spend) and have saved tax payers over $270,000 in my first term. Although we have completely turned the office around and it is much more efficient we have more to do.
In the first part of next year we will begin e-recording so that attorneys, banks, title companies and even private individuals can record their documents from their homes and offices instead of having to come to my office. I will provide all other county offices access to the counties land records in their offices so they don’t have to travel to my office and pay for documents-we all work from the same pool of monies so having them pay makes no sense. All county offices should have access to the documents should they want it. We will be able to repair and store all of the large books that contain the county’s history for future generations and people will be able to access all of our documents on computers in the office. It will make the office one of the most technologically sophisticated in the state. And we are doing all of this with much less money than previous recorders.
I am running for re-election because there is more to be done. I ran in 2012 for county recorder because the office was broken and I wanted to fix it. That is not to say that the previous recorder is at fault for it’s condition but the office needed a complete and total overhaul and someone who understands the art of negotiation and wasn’t afraid to fight for the tax payer and make some very hard decisions. It needed some very bold changes and I was not afraid to make them.
1.) I changed the work flow to address a year and a half back log.
2.) I have placed the county’s documents on line.
3.) I held chesapeakes feet to the fire and made them pay to rescan all of our documents. Now all of our documents are digitized and can be viewed in our office on a computer.
4.) I also negotiated a $500 a month payment from chesapeake to view our documents. (the recorder’s office has never had such a big revenue stream. This is less tax payer dollars we have to take)
5.) I negotiated for them to buy us $7,000 worth of camera and scanning equipment so we can provide the cleanest images to the public.
6.) I negotiated with the union to do away with longevity pay for new hires.
7.) In 2014 took $15,000 less in my general fund budget and did not take the 2% bump in my budget-I did not need it. I have not replaced that loss in the budget and continue to work with less money yet accomplish a tremendous amount of change.
8.) I have cut my daily expenses almost in half and have eliminated some expenses all together.
9.) I am fighting companies who try to extort the office by suing for no reason. These companies expect government offices to settle and pay thousands of dollars to make them go away and I will not spend tax payer dollars like that. We follow the law and have done nothing wrong to be sued so I will not pay them a dime of tax payer money when they sue the office for no reason.
These are just a few of my accomplishments in my first term but there is much more to do. I might seem a tad repetitive but I want to make sure you understand some of the very complex issues facing our office.
Top three priorities
1) Should I be re-elected we will be e-recording in the office by the end of the first quarter. This will allow attorneys, abstractors and banks to file their documents from their own offices.
2) We will store all the old books for future generations in a fire and water safe climate controlled storage facility.
3) The office will be totally digital so all documents can be found on one of our office computers. Mylars will be able to be obtained and copied in our office, one will no longer need to go to the engineers office to retrieve these.
These are just a few of the goals we have set for the next term.
• Columbiana county recorder for the last 4 years
• Director of Marketing and public relations at the Orhcards of Foxcrest
• Director of Sales and Marketing at Transocean
• Police officer at multiple departments
• Drug task force
• Previous board member of R.S.V.P.
• Previous board member of Southern Col. Co. United way
• Member of the farm bureau
• Lifetime member of ATG
• NRA member
• Financial supporter of local 4-h
• Financial supporter of the dog pound and other local dog shelters
• Community volunteer
• Palm Beach Atlantic College Walsh University