Monday, January 9, 2017

Fort Thomas Committee Assignments For Council Shifted

Fort Thomas City Hall. FTM file. 
Along with a new city council, comes new committee assignments.

In the Mayor-Council form of government in Fort Thomas, the mayor assigns each of the six council members to three different committees, adding each to be a Chair of one committee. Issues are referred to committees, which brings a non-binding recommendation to full council for a vote.

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With David Cameron and John Slawter ousting John Muller and Chuck Thompson, the committees got a considerable shakeup.

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Muller, a first time councilman in 2014, was the Chair of the Finance committee, arguably the most important committee because it meets yearly to set the budget of the city.

Fort Thomas has been run ultra-conservatively in terms of their budget, running a surplus at nearly the same level of the entire budget for the fiscal year. Property taxes are raised every year to the maximum available by law without a vote of the citizens.

In the past two years, there have been votes trending away from that direction. In 2015 two members of council voted against raising property taxes (Meier and Kelly), while Bowman voted against it last year.

Peterman, who has chaired the Finance Committee in the past brings, by far, the most experience on that committee while Councilman Jeff Bezold has held steady in his two votes by raising property taxes to the state-allowed compensating rate plus 4%.

Newcomers David Cameron and John Slawter will Chair the Labor, Law and License and Public Safety, committees separately.

Bezold moves from Chair of Public Utilities to Chair of Parks and Recreation, which was previously held by Kelly.

2017-2018 Fort Thomas Committee Assignments

FINANCE
Peterman, Chair
Kelly
Bezold

LAW, LABOR, LICENSE
Cameron, Chair
Peterman
Bowman

PUBLIC SAFETY
Slawter, Chair
Cameron
Peterman

PUBLIC UTILITIES AND BUILDINGS
Kelly, Chair
Bowman
Cameron

PUBLIC WORKS
Bowman, Chair
Bezold
Slawter

RECREATION
Bezold, Chair
Kelly
Slawter

2015-2016 Previous Assignments
FINANCE
Muller, Chair
Peterman
Kelly

LAW, LABOR, LICENSE
Thompson, Chair (previously Meier)
Peterman
Kelly

PUBLIC SAFETY
Peterman, Chair
Thompson
Muller

PUBLIC UTILITIES AND BUILDINGS
Bezold, Chair
Bowman
Thompson

PUBLIC WORKS
Bowman, Chair
Bezold
Muller

RECREATION
Kelly, Chair
Bowman
Bezold 

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