Steve Pendery’s focus on conservative policies, smart spending, and professional management has paid off for Campbell County and its residents. The County’s finances are on a firm footing, and County residents are enjoying more and better services. Here is just a small sampling of some of the County’s successes during Steve’s tenure in office:
- Campbell County spends less per resident than any other full service government—city or county—in Northern Kentucky. This is the bottom line: citizens pay lower taxes and fees here overall.
- Under Steve, the county budget has been balanced every year.
- Together, Campbell, Kenton and Boone are replacing failing World War II era technology by jointly purchasing new 800 mhz radio for safety dept personnel and dispatch operations, saving millions.
- Hundreds of millions of dollars in public and private investment have poured into Campbell County, the latest examples being the completion of the route 9 extension through Newport, the Health Innovation Center at NKU and rebuilds of I-471 and I-275.
- Consolidation has been a key component of Steve’s program, with dispatch services, Office of Emergency Management planning, and water rescue already merged and consolidation of municipal IT (Information Technology) and business tax collection underway. In fact, changes in state law will be required to allow for most other consolidation opportunities.
- A partnership of six government agencies made possible the new county administration building. The new building has made government more accessible to residents, and saves taxpayer dollars by having more departments under the same roof.
- There cannot be economic growth without sanitation capacity. Alexandria’s new $85 million sewage plant has fixed the decades-old problem of wastewater overflow, and as a result, a moratorium on growth in the south end of the county that existed since the mid 1990’s was lifted. Plans are made to extend lines near the intersection of the AA Highway and US 27 next.
- Together with stakeholders like cities, local utilities, our schools and community leaders, a transportation plan was drawn up to serve as a priority list and justification. Quite a few of the priorities have been built: a new US 27, rebuilds of I-275 and I-471, the connector road at NKU, and John's Hill Road at the university to name a few. The Route 9 extension through Newport will open this fall. Quarterly meetings with the transportation cabinet insure that we stay on schedule and address fresh concerns.
- 97% of Campbell County residents now have access to city water.
- The Campbell County Senior Center is the best attended in Kentucky and has won numerous state and national awards for innovation.
- Hundreds of acres of prime land have been preserved as green space, for example, at the new preservation areas at St. Anne's and Hawthorne Crossing. A.J. Jolly has been expanded, with new horse trails, and a new equestrian camping facility and barn. The new Stapleton Pavilion performance area has been added to the park's attractions.
- The resurfacing schedule is up-to-date for all 200 miles of county roads.
- We all should be so proud of the quality and the dedication of the employees in Campbell County government. Excellence is the rule, not the exception. We enjoy the services of highly qualified professionals who work hard to keep us safe and support what is a very high quality of life in our community.