At the April 28 meeting of the Illinois County Treasurerâ€™s Association in Springfield, Ill., Kane County Treasurer David Rickert was named Zone IV Illinois County Treasurer of the Year.
Rickert, a licensed certified public accountant, has served as Kane Countyâ€™s Treasurer since first being elected in 1998. He also holds degrees from Elgin Community College and Northern Illinois University, and a graduate degree in accounting from Roosevelt University.
Some of his accomplishments as treasurer include operating under budget for 10 years; establishing an investment bond fund for the county that yielded over $400,000 of additional interest income in its first year of operation; implementing positive pay for check disbursements, which greatly reduces the risk of check fraud; producing a property tax guide in cooperation with the County Clerk, Supervisor of Assessments and Township Assessors; helping to bring a unified tax system to Kane County replacing an antiquated mainframe system; installing a 24-hour drive up drop box for property tax payments; seting up a credit card/E-check online payment system for property taxes; providing property tax information over the Internet; and producing a tax bill insert to provide information of additional tax exemptions available to taxpayers, which was done as a joint effort with the Supervisor of Assessments office.
Treasurer Rickert said he was honored to be selected by his peers for this award and plans to continue making improvements to the treasurerâ€™s office.