AnnDuke_Treasurer200Ann Duke was sworn in as Chester County’s Treasurer in January of 2010, for a four-year term.  As Treasurer, Ann oversees the billing and collection of Chester County’s property taxes.  These taxes comprise a large portion of the County budget.  Thus, the efficient collection of this revenue is of utmost importance to the taxpayers of Chester County.  The Treasurer’s Office is also responsible for collecting and accounting for receipts of other county departments, is responsible for dog licenses, hunting licenses, small games of chance licenses, and the collection and audit of the county hotel tax.  In addition, Ann serves on the County Retirement Board. >

Ann’s focus is on office efficiency to lower the costs of government.  She has implemented several electronic enhancements, including the ability to buy dog licenses online and the ability to make tax payments online.  This allows the county to lower its staffing costs and to collect revenue more quickly, allowing faster investment.  It also provides greater customer satisfaction to the taxpayer.  Just as important, it has allowed Ann to reduce her staff, which impacts not only salary but also the county’s pension burden.  The treasurer’s office has streamlined the deer licensing process as well.  The office is looking currently to making the process of billing and collecting the property taxes each year even more efficient.  The office processes over 115,000 transactions each year.  Enhanced efficiency will certainly benefit the taxpayer.

Ann has been a practicing attorney for over 20 years in the areas of corporate law and banking.  Her business background includes time spent as a Senior Vice President of a Chester County bank.  She served on the West Chester Borough Council for a four-year term and has served on various non-profit boards.  She is the mother of four children and three step-children.   She has resided in Chester County since 1984.