Hamburg Township Treasurer
Deputy Treasurer Tricia Wiggle-Bazzy Receives PRIME Honor Service Award from MMTA for 2022
View Livestream Video Excerpt from Award Ceremony at Hamburg Township Board of Trustees Meeting on 10/18/2022
MMTA recognizes its member's extraordinary contributions in two different ways: through the PRIME award and through service awards. The PRIME is our most prestigious honor, and stands for: Professional Recognition In Municipal Excellence (PRIME). The PRIME recognizes individuals who have shown distinguished service in their professions, communities, and the Michigan Municipal Treasurers Association. Since 1989, the MMTA has recognized 34 outstanding individuals who exemplified these attributes.
2022 PRIME Award Recipient
Tricia Wiggle-Bazzy started at Hamburg Township in 2009 as a part-time cashier, hired to do cash receipts. However, the township was so far behind on bank reconciliations, she was tasked with helping get those caught up, too. That project was accomplished within three months, and with ten months Tricia was promoted and appointed Deputy Treasurer.
Prior to her work at Hamburg Township, Tricia graduated from Clarenceville High School and worked in the hospitality industry, including twelve years at the four-star restaurant, The Whitney. She says her time at The Whitney as the Controller of Finance prepared her for the role she has today.
Tricia Wiggle-Bazzy, Deputy Treasurer
Tricia is dedicated to the Township and is always willing to help with special projects or events. In 2010, Tricia started to
work on Delinquent Personal Property collection which hadn’t been addressed in over five years – the Township had an outstanding balance over $100,000. As of mid-2022, the outstanding balance was only $661; Tricia feels that has been one of her biggest accomplishments at the township. Also notable is that Hamburg Township’s rating has improved from a B rating in 2009 to currently having an AA + S&P Global Rating; audits have also been perfect since 2011 due to outstanding effort and great teamwork.
Over the last 13 years, Tricia has volunteered for the Township Clean-up Day as well as the Hamburg Fun Fest. She has a passion for customer service and is a people person. Tricia explains: “There is something about being able to help other people, either at the counter explaining taxes, utilities or even just there to listen because they need someone to talk to; I even love helping my residents outside of work, it can be grocery shopping, prescription pickups or yard work.” Tricia loves to see her residents come in happy and leave happy.
In 2011, Tricia joined the MMTA to further her education. She graduated from Basic Institute and received her MiCPT certification in 2013. During her first couple of years, she decided to serve on different committees to get more involved in the organization. She served on the Education Committee, Communication Committee, and Membership Committee, and has also served on Professional Development Committee, Winter Workshop and Fall Conference Committees since then. Her committee work gave her the opportunity to give back to the organization that she feels has done so much for her.
Tricia was elected to the MMTA Board in 2013, and now serves as the MMTA President. Being on the board has helped Tricia grow as a leader, and she has greatly valued the opportunity to be a key part of the organization, especially her involvement in the decision making to keep the association strong. During her first years on the MMTA board, Tricia was encouraged to run for the APT US&C board of directors; in 2015 she was elected to the national association board and served as the Accreditation Committee Chair. Tricia is now the Vice President and is truly honored to be part of two amazing treasury organizations.
The education from both of these organizations has helped her grow personally and professionally. Since graduating from Basic Institute, Tricia has continued her education and received the following certifications from APT US&C: CPFA (Certified Public Finance Administrator), ACPFA (Advanced Certified Public Finance Administrator), CPFIM (Certified Public Funds Investment Manager) and a cash handling training certification.
Tricia has recently been recognized with a Certificate of Achievement by her Hamburg Township Treasurer and Board of Trustees for “Outstanding Achievements in Municipal Finance,” exemplified by her election to President of the MMTA Board. As her confidence has grown throughout the years of training and education, she has continued to help other municipalities with tax rolls, settlement and distribution, and is now a MMTA mentor. Tricia also generously shared her procedure manual with MMTA after receiving hundreds of requests for it. Tricia never anticipated that she would be a mentor, a president and vice president of both a state and national organization. She loves Hamburg Township, her residents, and her community, and will stop at nothing to keep striving and working her hardest for them.
Tricia lives in Whitmore Lake, where she is involved as the HOA vice president of her subdivision and is currently running to become a precinct delegate to Green Oak Township. She also volunteers at the local conservation club in her spare time.
Tricia is a mother of three: Sedric, Trevor and Breezy, and a Mimi to her grandson, Kyrie. She loves that at least once a month her kids (along with their doggies and her grandson) visit for the entire weekend so they can all have family time together. She has a wonderful man by her side who supports her professionally and personally; they enjoy going out on the lake, playing basketball, Euchre and just having lots of fun and laughs together. Tricia is the type of person that will give you all that she has, even when she has nothing left; she is the first one to offer to help and say yes to a new challenge. Tricia has always set high goals, aiming for the stars in life.
Hamburg Township Recognized For Investment Policy
WHMI 93.5 FM - November 26, 2019
The photo shows Hamburg Township Treasurer Jason Negri on the left, Hamburg Township Deputy Treasurer Tricia Wiggle-Bazzy on the right, and Michael Pettigrew, City of Ann Arbor Treasurer and President of the Association of Public Treasurers of the United States and Canada (APT US&C) in the middle.
After revising its investment policy, Hamburg Township has received national policy certification.
The Association of Public Treasurers of the United States and Canada (APT US&C) honored the township at a recent board meeting. The investment policy was reviewed and certified by the national organization. APT US&C President Mike Pettigrew, the Treasurer for the City of Ann Arbor, presented township officials with an award in recognition of the achievement. The certification requires an 18-point review of the submitted investment policy by a committee of 15 public and private sector volunteers from across the United States. Pettigrew said receiving the certification demonstrates a commitment by the township’s investment officers to safeguard the funds entrusted to them by the community and to invest safely and securely.
Treasurer Jason Negri commented they had a good policy for years that guided investment decisions but the Investment Committee recently submitted it to the APT US&C for their advice and input, and revised it further based on their feedback. Supervisor Pat Hohl says Negri and his team are to be commended for their attention to detail and dedication to prudently investing residents’ tax dollars. Director of Accounting and Finance Thelma Kubitskey says achieving the certification is “a feather in Hamburg’s cap”. She says it not only tightens up their oversights and controls but it will boost ratings and improve their financial standing in the municipal bond market. (JM)
The Association of Public Treasurers of the United States and Canada (APT-USC), recently recognized the revisions to Hamburg Township's investment policy, which was adopted by the Township Board on July 2, 2019. This revised policy, deemed "Excellent" by the APT-USC, was the result of the hard work of the Hamburg Township Treasurer's department and the Investment Committee. Congratulations!
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What We Do
By state statute, the Treasurer is responsible for:
- Collecting real and personal property taxes.
- Receiving receipts for Township expenditures.
- Issuing Township checks.
- Depositing Township funds in approved depositories.
- Investing Township funds in approved investment vehicles.
- Collecting delinquent personal property taxes.
- Collecting mobile specific taxes.
TREASURER'S DEPARTMENT | HAMBURG TOWNSHIP MICHIGAN USA
MAILING ADDRESS: 10405 MERRILL ROAD | POST OFFICE BOX 157 | HAMBURG, MICHIGAN 48139 USA
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