About County Government

County government is responsible for providing services both to “unincorporated” areas of the county (areas outside of the cities) and to the individual cities themselves.

For unincorporated areas, the county provides city-like services including police protection and road maintenance.

For individual cities, the county takes on responsibility for services and activities that cannot or should not be handled at the city level. For example, it makes more sense to pay for the housing and care of local prisoners at the county rather than city level. In fact, the jail is the largest single expense for most counties in Kentucky—including Campbell County.

The county also handles large-scale recreation facilities. A.J. Jolly Park and Pendery Park are examples in Campbell County. TANK, the bus service, is funded primarily by county contributions. Programs for seniors, the animal shelter, disaster and emergency planning, and certain tax collection and federal housing programs all address needs that cut across city boundaries and are therefore handled by the county.

The foundation for all government activities—federal, state, county and city—is economic development. In Kentucky, business pays most of the bill for local government services and creates the wealth that contributes to our quality of life. In one of its most important roles, the county works with local groups like Tri-Ed (Tri-County Economic Development Agency), Northern Kentucky University, the Chamber of Commerce, and individual cities to attract and retain businesses and high paying jobs in the county and throughout Northern Kentucky.

Campbell County is the only Northern Kentucky county with its own economic development agency, called the Campbell County Economic Progress Authority.