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On May 30, Elizabeth “Liz” Nash will retire as Treasurer of Westmoreland County after 28 years of service – 11 years as Treasurer. Twenty eight years ago, the Treasurer, Margaret Nash, hired Liz part time during tax time to help in the Treasurer’s Office. Two years later, Mrs. Nash retired and Earleane Branson was elected Treasurer. Mrs. Branson hired Liz as a full time employee. Liz developed a true love for the office through the interactions with the citizens over the coming years.
When Mrs. Branson retired, Elaine Harrington was elected and appointed Liz as her Deputy, and in 2003, Ms. Harrington retired having Liz appointed Treasurer. She went on to be elected each term for the next eleven years.
Liz is quoted as saying “I have met some fantastic people and have developed a bond with most. In the last 28 years, the office has been through some trying times with state reimbursement cuts and keeping up with automation. In my 2003 campaign, I made three promises: to keep the delinquency rate down, that payments be deposited promptly and invested to earn the highest interest, and that taxpayers be given prompt, courteous and accurate service. I have kept these promises for the last eleven years.
It is amazing the changes that have taken place in the last 28 years. We went from typing tax bills to having them printed and mailed by M & W Printers which saved the County a considerable amount of expense. The computer system now in place was installed in 1994, which interfaced payments to the general ledger. Accounts payable and payroll are also done by the appropriate offices. All of the county offices are networked into this system which creates more accurate bookkeeping and requires less time.
There are many advantages to this system, but one of the most helpful is the real estate and utilities being on the internet. Taxpayers, attorneys, and title companies may do research on line, as well as view assessments made by the Commissioner of the Revenue. In addition to having a system that is top of the line in technology, the customer service for the company is always available with their expert knowledge. The personal property tax relief (PPTRA) was implemented by the State and was a nightmare to get up and running, but we conquered it.
Back in the years before we had the collection tools we have today, the delinquency rate was 12% to 15%. Today it is less than 1%. Through all of the changes and automation, my staff and I have put forth great effort to stay on top of the issues we faced.
I am leaving the Westmoreland County Treasurer’s Office feeling like I have given my best to the citizens of the County, and although I will miss some of my favorite people, I will hold these memories close to my heart.
God Bless all of you who have made my career one I can cherish. Hope to see all of you around the County.”
The Treasurer’s Office will be closed June 2 for the turnover.