Kenton County judge-executive sees continued steady growth, "far greater" airport board structure

04/29/2015 09:13 AM

COVINGTON — Kenton County Judge-Executive Kris Knochelmann, who won that position after a hard-fought primary against Republican incumbent Steve Arlinghaus last May, feels that his county will continue to grow and attract more businesses and jobs to the area while tightening the county government’s purse strings.

Knochelmann ran for office on the platform of better fiscal responsibility, focusing on the discovery of lavish spending practices by members of the Kenton County Airport Board, a fact later confirmed by Auditor Adam Edelen after he completed a review of the board in August 2014.

Legislation passed during the 2015 session changed the makeup of the board’s voting members with eight appointees from Kenton County, two from Boone County, one each from Campbell and Grant counties, and one appointment by the governor.

“It’s not perfect, but I think it’s a far greater board structure than has been there in the past,” Knochelmann said.

Another key issue is how to pay for a new Brent Spence Bridge between Cincinnati and Covington.

Knochelmann feels there hasn’t been enough study to truly know whether the project can be completed with or without tolls being part of the equation.

“I don’t think it hasn’t been evaluated enough to know if they can’t,” he said.

“It depends on what Frankfort does. If Frankfort continues to limit the number of dollars that come to northern Kentucky for a project of that nature, then we either have to have tolls or no project.”


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