Improved Cash Management:
In his first week in office, Comptroller Mychajliw was presented with a $15 million bill for which funds did not exist to pay. Through cash management, the Comptroller was able to avert this crisis. Comptroller Mychajliw has implemented cash management procedures so that such a crisis does not happen again in the future.
Quality Assurance Audit of Comptroller’s Office:
Upon entering office, Comptroller Mychajliw directed an audit of office functions. As a result, changes were made to improve the efficiency and quality of services provided.
Combine Banking Services:
Comptroller Mychajliw consolidated all of the county’s banking services through M&T Bank, after a competitive bidding process. As a result of the agreement, the county will improve efficiency and save taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars each year.
Conduct Borrowing Without an Underwriter:
By refinancing bonds utilizing a higher rating, Comptroller Mychajliw has been able to save taxpayers millions of dollars. In addition, because of earning a higher rating, Comptroller Mychajliw has been able to conduct the borrowing without the use of underwriters. This has saved taxpayers even more money.
Comprehensive Annual Financial Report Award:
Each year, Comptroller Mychajliw and his accounting team have been recognized with the Government Finance Officers Association Certificate of Achievement in Financial Accounting, its highest form of recognition. The award was given for the preparation of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.
Popular Annual Financial Report Award:
Comptroller Mychajliw and his accounting staff also received the national GFOA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting, the first such award in Erie County’s history. He has also received the award in the two years following the first award received in 2015.
In an effort to create transparency as to how your tax dollars are spent, Comptroller Mychajliw created the Taxpayers Checkbook, an online tool that allows individuals see exactly where their tax dollars are spent.
Gas Tax Calculator:
Just has he has increased transparency as to how your tax dollars are spent, Comptroller Mychajliw created the Gas Tax Calculator that allows you to see how much taxes and to whom you are paying for every gallon of gasoline that you purchase in Erie County.
Identify Missing Money in Parks Department:
In his audit of Cash Handling at the Erie County Parks Department, Comptroller Mychajliw identified over $13,000 that went missing from a county golf course. As a result, Comptroller Mychajliw made a number of recommendations for improved cash handling procedures to better protect this important revenue source.
Prisoner Health Co-Payments:
As part of his audit on Correctional Health Services and Inmate Medical Costs, Comptroller Mychajliw called on elected leaders to explore and implement a process whereby inmates would be charged a co-payment for medical care, just as insured people who are not in prison do. By charging a co-payment, inmates will have less incentive to seek medical treatment at a hospital as a way to get out of the confines of prison for a brief period.
Transparency of Legal Expenses:
Each year, Erie County spends millions of dollars on legal settlements and for outside legal services. Comptroller Mychajliw created a reporting system to inform the legislature as to how these dollars are being spent to assist them in their budget monitoring function. Because it is a public document, it is also available to every taxpayer in Erie County.