Kris Knochelmann, the Tax Man, Cometh Once Again

Kris Knochelmann now wants Kenton County residents to pay a sales tax to build a new bridge

As a member of the Kenton County Fiscal Court, Kris Knochelmann has a history of supporting tax hikes on real estate and insurance premiums. Now, he wants a new sales tax to help pay for the replacement of the Brent Spence Bridge

In an interview published in the May 12 Kentucky Enquirer, Knochelmann said possible funding options for the bridge replacement should include a sales tax or tolls. And this statement comes after he initially stated he opposed tolls. Click here to read his comments in the Enquirer article.

Kenton Countians pay enough taxes now — thanks in large part to Kris Knochelmann. They don’t need to pay a bridge tax every time they go to the store to buy milk, bread, or any other retail product.

The Knochelmann Bridge Tax is just another tax in a long history of coming after pocketbooks of Kenton County residents.

On three separate occasions — in 2007, 2008 and 2009 — Knochelmann voted to increase Kenton County property taxes by the maximum allowed by law. Also in 2007, he voted to impose an entirely new tax on Kenton County residents — an 8 percent insurance premium tax. Now, he is proposing a new sales tax.

Kris Knochelmann claims to be a fiscal conservative, but his record tells a different story. It seems he wants to solve every problem with the taxpayers money.

That mentality may play in Washington, but not in Kenton County. And it’s another reason leading fiscal conservative Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has endorsed Kenton County Judge-executive Steve Arlinghaus for another term in office. The true conservative in this race is Arlinghaus, who in three and one-half years in office has reduced the size of government and cut government spending without raising taxes.

Visit www.KnochelmannRecord.com to learn more about Kris Knochelmann’s plan to spend more of your hard-earned money.

ABSENTEE BALLOTING

For those voters that will be out of town on the primary, which is May 20, 2014, absentee voting will be available from May 1, 2014 through May 19, 2014. Voting is only in the Covington office at 303 Court Street, Covington. The Kenton County Clerk’s office will be open for absentee balloting on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Thursdays from 8:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Northern Kentucky Right to Life Endorses Steve Arlinghaus for Kenton County Judge-Executive

I am proud to announce that I am the only candidate for Kenton County Judge-Executive endorsed by the Northern Kentucky Right to Life.

I believe that life begins at conception and that the most basic function of government is to protect human life. I promise that I will continue to work to protect the right to life, including the elderly and handicapped, terminally ill, and unborn children.

Click here to read the letter of endorsement.

Current elected officials continue to endorse the re-election campaign of Steve Arlinghaus

Isn’t it curious that current elected officials are endorsing my re-election campaign for Kenton Judge-Executive but not that of my opponent. I’m not surprised that some former elected officials have endorsed my opponent because four years ago they also endorsed Scott Kimmich, my previous opponent for judge-executive and Kris Knochelmann’s good friend.

Knochelmann wants to return Kenton County to the old days of bloated government, when Deputy Judge-Executive Kimmich and then-Commissioner Knochelmann passed a deficit-spending budget and raised real estate taxes for three straight years (not, of course, during an election year) and imposed a new 8% insurance premium tax. In comparison, Kenton County today has a $5.8 million surplus and it has not raised taxes since I was elected Judge-Executive.

Steve and Rand_editresizeState, county, and city elected officials currently serving in office continue to endorse my campaign for re-election. Last month, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul endorsed me. In making his endorsement, Sen. Paul stated:

“Steve Arlinghaus has been a long-time supporter of what I am trying to accomplish in Washington, D.C. He shares my vision of a smaller government that is less intrusive in our daily lives and is living within its means. This makes him a great choice for Kenton County Judge-Executive.”

Kenton County Sheriff Chuck Korzenborn and County Commissioner Jon Draud also have endorsed my campaign as have 13 sitting mayors in Kenton County and a former Independence mayor who now serves as Fort Mitchell’s city administrator. They are:

  • Paul Meier – Mayor of Crestview Hills
  • Don Catchen – Mayor of Park Hills
  • Chris Wiest – Mayor of Ft. Mitchell
  • John Link – Mayor of Edgewood
  • Joe Nienaber – Mayor of Ft. Wright
  • Dan Bell – Mayor of Taylor Mill
  • Dave Jansing – Mayor of Lakeside Park
  • Harry Sprott – Mayor of Fairview
  • Dave Radford – Mayor of Bromley
  • Donna Yeager – Mayor of Independence
  • Mike Martin – Mayor of Villa Hills
  • Bob Miller – Mayor of Ryland Heights
  • Ken Wynn – Mayor of Ludlow
  • Chris Moriconi – Fort Mitchell city administrator and former Mayor of Independence

These officials have endorsed my campaign because of my record as judge-executive and the cost-saving measures I have implemented. They also appreciate my collaborative approach, which includes saving our cities millions of dollars by merging our 911 dispatch centers and working with these mayors on other important issues their communities face.

The bottom line is that the residents of Kenton County have a clear choice in this election: A vote for my opponent is a vote to take the county in reverse. A vote to re-elect Steve Arlinghaus is a vote to keep the county moving forward.

Written proof my administration has stablized Kenton County’s finances and made our government more efficient

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As many of you know, in my campaign for re-election as Judge-Executive, I have been promoting the efforts I have undertaken to bring financial stability to Kenton County since I was elected and took office in 2011.

Steve ArlinghausLast night at the Tea Party candidate forum at Dixie Heights High School, I provided those in attendance with four certified and notarized documents from County Treasurer Roy D. Cox that support these claims. In the spirit of full disclosure and transparency, I thought it was important to share these documents with all so that you can decide for yourself if my claims are in fact accurate — despite false statements that my opponent and his campaign may be making to the contrary.

Since my election, I have built a team at Kenton County that has worked hard to accomplish the following important financial changes for taxpayers of Kenton County:

  • After inheriting a $2.5 million deficit-spending budget from the previous administration, our new team in county government eliminated the deficit-spending practice of the previous administration — which included my opponent and his good friend Deputy Judge-Executive Scott Kimmich. In addition, we have increased the county’s reserves by $5.8 million. For evidence of this change, see the Analysis of Treasurer Cox on Reserve Balances by Fund.
  • When I took over as Judge-Executive in 2011, The Golf Courses of Kenton County were hemorrhaging money in excess of $500,000 a year. I replaced the course superintendent, which my opponent vehemently opposed, and made other changes at the golf courses to make them run more efficiently. The result is that for the first time in four years our golf courses made a profit this year. For evidence of this change, see the analysis of Golf Fund Operations by Treasurer Cox.
  • At the Kenton County Detention Center, overtime was averaging around $70,000 a month, or an annual total of $829,000, when I took over. My administration made recommendations for changes at the jail, which have substantially reduced overtime at the jail, saving the county approximately a half a million dollars in each of the last two years. For evidence of this change, see the Jail Overtime Analysis by Treasurer Cox.
  • In 2012, it cost taxpayers approximately $4 million to operate three separate 911 dispatch operations in the county (Covington, Erlanger, and Kenton County). By consolidating the City of Covington’s dispatch center with the Kenton County dispatch center, taxpayers will save $300,000 in 2014 and $2.2 million over a five-year period. For evidence of this change, see the Analysis of Dispatch Center Operations by Treasurer Cox. Also, this amount does not fully reflect the millions of dollars that Covington taxpayers are saving because they don’t have to pay the operational or capital costs associated with operating its own dispatch center.

These documents speak for themselves. They also prove that the claims I have made about stabilizing the county’s finances and making county government more efficient are true. If my opponent or someone else claims otherwise, ask him or her to produce documentation to prove their claims. I have.

Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul endorses Kenton County Judge-Executive Steve Arlinghaus for re-election

Kentucky U.S. Sen. Dr. Rand Paul, a potential 2016 GOP presidential contender, has endorsed the re-election campaign of Republican Kenton County Judge-Executive Steve Arlinghaus.

“Steve Arlinghaus has been a long-time supporter of what I am trying to accomplish in Washington, DC,” Sen. Paul said. “He shares my vision of a smaller government that is less intrusive in our daily lives and is living within its means. This makes him a great choice for Kenton County Judge-Executive.”

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Kentucky U.S. Sentor Rand Paul with Kenton County Judge-Executive Steve Arlinghaus and his wife, Cathy.

Judge Arlinghaus said he is proud and honored to receive Sen. Paul’s endorsement and support.

“Sen. Paul and I stand united against big-government spending and for fiscally conservative policies and practices that allow taxpayers to keep more of their own money while providing a more efficient delivery of government services,” Judge Arlinghaus said. “Sen. Paul is our nation’s leading voice in speaking out against the heavy hand of government regulation and in favor elected officials reducing government spending.

“Republican voters in Kenton County know that Rand Paul is a true fiscal conservative, and they know that I am the only true fiscal conservative in the campaign for Kenton County Judge-Executive,” Judge Arlinghaus said.

When he took office nearly four years ago, Judge Arlinghaus inherited a county government with financial issues from out-of-control spending, resulting in a budget deficit of $2.5 million. Through strong leadership and tough choices, he balanced the county budget and built a surplus of nearly $6 million.

“I was elected Judge-Executive because I promised the citizens of Kenton County that I would restore fiscal responsibility to county government without raising taxes,” he said. “Kenton County has not raised property taxes since I have been in office and I have also worked hard to fight SD1 rate increases.

Judge Arlinghaus is saving money — and more importantly, lives — through his efforts to consolidate dispatch systems in Kenton County. Under Judge Arlinghaus’ leadership, Kenton County made significant changes that have improved its fiscal health: he implement changes at the Kenton County Detention that significantly reduced overtime at the jail from $80,000 a month to less than $8,000 a month and instead of losing more than $500,000 a year, he made changes at the county’s golf courses are they are now breaking even. He has obtained state and federal funding for important infrastructure projects, such as water lines that have been extended to the south end of the county and acquiring flood-prone properties near Banklick Creek. And Judge Arlinghaus is at the forefront in trying to solve one of the most serious and frightening problems facing Northern Kentucky – the alarming use of heroin.

“My opponent and previous fiscal court members raised county taxes by the maximum four percent the first three years they were in office, but not in the election year of 2010, and they imposed a new eight percent insurance premium tax on Kenton County residents,” Judge Arlinghaus said.

“By reducing the size of government, eliminating waste, and consolidating services, my administration eliminated the deficit and increased the county’s reserves,” he said. “We did not take the easy way out by raising the taxes of Kenton County residents and incurring additional debt. If the Kenton County voters want a true fiscal conservative as Judge-Executive, they need to vote for me in the May primary, not a tax-and-spend politician like my opponent.”

To learn more about Judge Arlinghaus’ success in office and his plans for the future, visit www.SteveArlinghaus.com and follow and like him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/stevearlinghaus.

All politics is local: Why endorsements by local elected officials are far more important than former federal legislators who live outside Kenton County

I find it ironic that the recent endorsements for my opponent are by two former federal legislators who don’t live in Kenton County, including one who now works as a lobbyist, and who haven’t served in public office for several years.

On the other hand, I have been endorsed by the vast majority of sitting mayors in Kenton County as well as many other city and county elected officials. They support me because they recognize the good work we have done in the four years since I was elected as Kenton County Judge-Executive in 2010.

Here is a partial list of the local elected officials who have endorsed me for re-election in May:

  • Paul Meier – Mayor of Crestview Hills
  • Don Catchen – Mayor of Park Hills
  • Chris Wiest – Mayor of Ft. Mitchell
  • John Link – Mayor of Edgewood
  • Joe Nienaber – Mayor of Ft. Wright
  • Dan Bell – Mayor of Taylor Mill
  • Dave Jansing – Mayor of Lakeside Park
  • Harry Sprott – Mayor of Fairview
  • Dave Radford – Mayor of Bromley
  • Donna Yeager – Mayor of Independence
  • Mike Martin – Mayor of Villa Hills
  • Bob Miller – Mayor of Ryland Heights
  • Ken Wynn – Mayor of Ludlow
  • Chris Moriconi – Fort Mitchell city administrator and former Mayor of Independence
  • Kenton County Sheriff Chuck Korzenborn
  • Kenton County Commissioner Jon Draud

When Jim Bunning and Geoff Davis were in Congress, they supported lower taxes and reduced government spending. If they still feel that way, then they are supporting the wrong candidate in the Kenton County Judge-Executive race.

Kris Knochelmann and the previous fiscal court members raised county taxes by the maximum four percent in 2007, 2008, and 2009, and imposed a new eight percent insurance premium tax on Kenton County residents during that same time frame. At the same time, they were running up a $2.5 million budget deficit, which I inherited when I took office.

Kenton County Judge-Executive Steve Arlinghaus

I was elected as Judge-Executive because I promised the citizens of Kenton County that I would restore fiscal responsibility to county government without raising taxes. Kenton County has not raised property taxes since I have been in office and I led the fight against SD1 rate increases.

By reducing the size of government, eliminating waste, and consolidating services, my administration has not only eliminated the $2.5 million deficit but we have increased the county’s reserves by $5.8 million.

We did not take the easy way out by raising the taxes of Kenton County residents and incurring additional debt, like my opponent and the previous fiscal court did. If the Kenton County voters want a true fiscal conservative as Judge-Executive, they need to vote for Steve Arlinghaus in the May primary, not a tax-and-spend politician like Kris Knochelmann.

Proposed legislative resolution could wrest control of CVG from Kenton County

Commissioner Kris Knochelmann pushed for the legislation that will likely impair Kenton County’s ability to manage CVG, a $1 billion asset that has been owned and operated by the county for more than 70 years

Some of you may have read news accounts today about a legislative resolution (HCR183) introduced by Boone County state representatives Addia Wuchner and Sal Santoro in the Kentucky General Assembly on Thursday calling for a task force to recommend changes to the governance structure of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG).

I strongly oppose this resolution and I recommend that all Kenton County residents immediately contact their state legislators and do the same thing.

The idea of restructuring the Kenton County Airport Board and the way that board members are appointed to it was proposed by Kenton County Commissioner Kris Knochelmann, my opponent in the upcoming Judge-Executive election, in a press release his campaign issued on Oct. 13 and in letters that he sent local legislators. At the time, Knochelmann requested new “legislation that would change the Judge-executive’s power when it comes to making appointments to boards such as CVG.

I have great concern that these calls to change the governance structure at the airport, including the resolution currently before the Kentucky Legislature, are attempts to take CVG from its rightful owner — the people of Kenton County. These efforts, if successful, could eliminate or significantly diminish Kenton County’s governance of the airport and allow other counties or governmental agencies to obtain control of the airport.

cincinnati-airportCVG is a $1 billion asset that has been owned by Kenton County taxpayers for more than 70 years. Kenton County should not be forced to relinquish this important asset – or control of its governing board – to third parties for any reason, let alone political ones. To fully understand Kenton County’s position, one must first understand the history of the airport, the county’s investment in this important regional asset, and how it is governed.

In 1941, Kenton County purchased a tract of land in then-rural Boone County, and shortly thereafter, constructed the airport’s first terminal, a three-story brick building that remains at the airport today, at a cost of nearly $1 million. The county also spent $2 million to build four runways and other airport facilities in the 1940s. Since that time, the airport has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in numerous improvements, including construction of several new terminals, a new air-control tower, new parking structures, and many other infrastructure improvements. Today, CVG is a $1 billion asset without any debt, only one of two major airports without debt.

In terms of airport governance, in 1958, the Kentucky General Assembly passed legislation that created the Kenton County Airport Board, which gives authority to the Kenton County Judge-Executive to appoint members to this board. In 1964, Gov. Ned Breathitt created the “Kenton County Airport Advisory Committee,” and 1998, Gov. Paul Patton expanded and reorganized the Advisory Committee. These executive acts were designed to give Boone County and other local governments in the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati a seat at the table of the airport board.

I am strongly opposed to HCR183 because the current board structure has worked well for many decades, bringing tremendous economic development to our entire region, particularly Florence and Boone County, whose legislative representatives now seem intent on changing the governance structure. Members of the Advisory Committee fully participate in airport board committee meetings and they have full votes on these committees.

As Kenton County Judge-Executive, I have worked hard to appoint individuals to the Airport Board who represent areas outside of Kenton County, including Cincinnati and Hamilton County in Ohio. My appointments have included top executives from Procter & Gamble, GE Aviation Services, Humana Inc., Fifth Third Bank, major law firms, and other local companies as well as business owners and operators from throughout the region. I have also requested changes to the board’s travel, food, and alcohol policies — changes the board adopted last month.

Kenton County has made a tremendous financial investment in the airport, and it is patently unfair to take away or significantly diminish county control of the Airport Board. As Judge-Executive, I have worked hard to address issues that have arisen on the Airport Board, including appointing three new members to the Board on Feb. 28, and I have recommended that Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III, a well-respected lawyer and former chairman of the Airport Board, resume his position as chairman of the board. I think we should allow these new board members sufficient time to serve on the board before we make a rash decision to change its governance structure.

I find both amazing and ironic that Commissioner Knochelmann has called for a restructuring of the Airport Board, which is currently controlled exclusively by Kenton County. Now, two Boone County state representatives have now heeded his call and proposed the resolution that is currently before the General Assembly.

This raises an important question: Does Commissioner Knochelmann have the best interest of Kenton County at heart? If so, why would he recommend a course of action that, if successful, could take away or greatly diminish county control of an airport that Kenton County built and has operated for more than 70 years.

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