Treasurer

M. Scott Miller

Phone:  (804) 365-6050
Fax:  (804) 365-6046
treasurer@hanovercounty.gov

Bio

As Treasurer, M. Scott Miller oversees an office with an annual operating budget of $1.3 million. His office handles over $372 million in county revenue. The treasurer's office is funded with state and local funding.  He also serves as a member of Hanover’s Other Post-Employment Benefits Trust Board. He was originally elected Hanover County Treasurer in 1995. During his time in office he has saved taxpayers’ money by improving customer service and focusing on operational improvement and cost cutting. Miller holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Virginia Tech and has over 30 years of financial and governmental experience. He is a certified Master Governmental Treasurer (MGT) with the Treasurers’ Association of Virginia. He actively participates in the Treasurers’ Association of Virginia. Miller has been a resident of Hanover County since 1985. 

Position Overview

In Virginia, the public elects not just its local, state and federal representatives, but also its constitutional officers, so named because their offices are specifically established in the Constitution of Virginia. This system of government dates back to its earliest days of the nation and is based on the presumption that the most important services of government should be made directly accountable to the citizens by popular vote.

The elected post of treasurer was created in the Virginia Constitution of 1870.  Virginia’s city and county treasurers are the chief financial officers for their localities, collecting taxes and local fees, and making payments on behalf of the local government. The treasurer is directly responsible for tax collection and provides general oversight and custody of all other funds collected by the county including:

  • Real estate taxes
  • Personal property taxes
  • License taxes
  • Water and sewage charges
  • Permit fees
  • State estimated taxes
  • Court, Sheriff and Clerk fees

Treasurers also manage the investment of local funds and maintain records of local finances. The treasurer’s independent status as an elected official ensures that local funds will be collected, invested and spent by an officer who reports directly to the people. The treasurer is elected every four years by citizens of the locality he or she serves.