Carrie Freeberg Touts Experience to League of Women Voters
For the City-Times
What background qualifies you for this position?
I have served as the Deputy Comptroller-Treasurer for the past 13 years and worked for the City of Stevens Point for over 24 years.
Working alongside the current Comptroller-Treasurer provided me the knowledge and practical experience required to manage Stevens Point’s nearly $25 million annual budget. I have a full understanding of our City’s operating finances, annual budgeting process, and municipal investments. We have worked hard to build a solid financial base for the City and it shows: Stevens Point is in the best financial shape it has been in for over 27 years.
What challenges do you feel the office of Comptroller faces in the next two years and how would you address them?
There are actually two major upcoming challenges that I am best equipped to handle. First, the State of Wisconsin has continued to require government cost controls, challenging our office to maintain quality public services while restraining the tax levy. For 13 years I worked closely with the retiring Comptroller-Treasurer to prepare annual budgets in the face of such challenges and with the people’s vote, I will continue to do so.
Second, the potholes are exploding on Church and Division Streets and the underlying utilities are in need of repair. This major project will cost millions of dollars. The challenge will be to structure the debt service so that the taxpayers are not burdened with a large increase on their tax bill. My experience managing the budget will enable me to address this massive investment in our infrastructure so that it has the least impact on our taxpayers.