Laurel Prussing is the right one for the job.
As County Auditor, she saved Taxpayers millions
In her four terms as Champaign County Auditor, besides auditing and accounting, she prepared the budget and administered payroll, health insurance, workers' compensation, and pensions.
- She was the first Illinois County Auditor to win national awards for excellence in budgeting and financial reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of U.S. & Canada.
- She led the County to be the first local government to self-fund worker's compensation (reduce insurance premium by paying smaller claims from reserves set aside and insuring only for very large claims). Other local governments followed.
- She advised the County Board on how to hold the line on property taxes (they did!)
As Mayor of Urbana...
She led the city through the Great Recession and the loss of Carle Hospital property taxes without cutting vital services. She held the line on the city's property tax rate and actually reduced the city's percent share of property tax bills.
She bridged a $1 million budget gap without employee lay-offs or furloughs.
She saved $3 million on health insurance over four years without cutting employee benefits–perhaps the best record of any U.S. employer, public or private.
She saved nearly $1 million over 10 years by not hiring an Administrator and taking on day-to-day responsibilities herself and hiring a Chief of Staff to assist. He proposed Think Urbana, which stimulated homebuilding in the city.