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Butler County merit pay plan to save $122.3 million over 10 years
 More than half of the non-union employees under the Butler County commissioners direct control performed well enough to qualify for at least a two percent increase on their base pay and the same percentage in lump sum payouts quarterly. Butler County plans to spend just shy of $2 million this year rewarding 155 non-union staff. A resolution...

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More than half of the non-union employees under the Butler County commissioners direct control performed well enough to qualify for at least a two percent increase on their base pay and the same percentage in lump sum payouts quarterly. Butler County plans to spend just shy of $2 million this year rewarding 155 non-union staff. A resolution...
Raucous West Chester meeting prompts more ‘Right to Work’ discussion
 West Chester Twp. trustees will hold a separate special meeting to discuss their stance on “Right to Work” after about 100 union workers protested during Tuesday night’s trustee meeting. West Chester leaders came under fire after the Journal-News reported the township’s plans to become a “Right to Work&rdquo...

Posted: 7 days ago

West Chester Twp. trustees will hold a separate special meeting to discuss their stance on “Right to Work” after about 100 union workers protested during Tuesday night’s trustee meeting. West Chester leaders came under fire after the Journal-News reported the township’s plans to become a “Right to Work&rdquo...
West Chester reaches deal on drug rehab clinic
 Neither side is happy, but a Mason doctor and West Chester Twp. trustees reached a compromise agreement that will allow a controversial drug rehabilitation clinic to open, ending a federal lawsuit. Dr. Mohamed Aziz said he isn’t thrilled with some of the conditions he agreed to, but he plans to comply and be a good neighbor. The drug...

Posted: 7 days ago

Neither side is happy, but a Mason doctor and West Chester Twp. trustees reached a compromise agreement that will allow a controversial drug rehabilitation clinic to open, ending a federal lawsuit. Dr. Mohamed Aziz said he isn’t thrilled with some of the conditions he agreed to, but he plans to comply and be a good neighbor. The drug...
Butler County hiring new top-level position
 With unexpected vacancies in upper level management, commissioners want to bolster Butler County’s top brass with a new assistant county administrator position. The decision also comes after last month’s sudden death of Jerome Kearns, the Assistant Job and Family Services Director, and the resignation of asset director Randy Quisenberry...

Posted: 8 days ago

With unexpected vacancies in upper level management, commissioners want to bolster Butler County’s top brass with a new assistant county administrator position. The decision also comes after last month’s sudden death of Jerome Kearns, the Assistant Job and Family Services Director, and the resignation of asset director Randy Quisenberry...
Land Bank Board: Delinquent tax percentage adequate

Posted: 8 days ago

The Butler County land bank board has decided not to ask for a bigger slice of the delinquent tax pie, at least not for the foreseeable future. Land Bank Executive Director Mike McNamara recommended the blight-busting agency hold to the 1 percent allotment of delinquent tax assessment collections funds, called DTAC funds, and his board concurred...
Fire levy, Millikin interchange 2017 priorities in Liberty Twp.
 Two of the biggest items on Liberty Twp. trustees’ agenda in 2017 will be to hire a new fire chief and deciding whether or not to ask residents to approve a fire levy.  “It’s the biggest part of our budget,” Liberty Twp. Trustee Tom Farrell said of the search for a new fire chief. “Getting a fire chief in...

Posted: 11 days ago

Two of the biggest items on Liberty Twp. trustees’ agenda in 2017 will be to hire a new fire chief and deciding whether or not to ask residents to approve a fire levy.  “It’s the biggest part of our budget,” Liberty Twp. Trustee Tom Farrell said of the search for a new fire chief. “Getting a fire chief in...
West Chester’s 2017 priorities: Right to Work, spending transparency
 West Chester Twp. trustees are introducing some new project for the growing township to tackle in 2017. West Chester Twp.’s staff and its legal counsel are working on a resolution that will establish the township as a “Right to Work” place, which means private companies and their unions cannot force workers to join unions...

Posted: 11 days ago

West Chester Twp. trustees are introducing some new project for the growing township to tackle in 2017. West Chester Twp.’s staff and its legal counsel are working on a resolution that will establish the township as a “Right to Work” place, which means private companies and their unions cannot force workers to join unions...
7 items that top Butler County’s 2017 to-do list
 Butler County Commission meets Monday for its annual organizational meeting, and its 2017 includes a full slate of projects — from economic development to tax levies. Here are seven key projects on the to-do lists of Butler County commissioners: Butler County plans to begin establishing this year a regional fund that will help finance...

Posted: 12 days ago

Butler County Commission meets Monday for its annual organizational meeting, and its 2017 includes a full slate of projects — from economic development to tax levies. Here are seven key projects on the to-do lists of Butler County commissioners: Butler County plans to begin establishing this year a regional fund that will help finance...
Butler County will pursue grants to bring back family drug court

Posted: 13 days ago

The impact of Butler County’s heroin epidemic on children has officials committed to finding funds to resurrect the county’s family drug court. Bill Morrison, director of Children Services, told the Journal-News that he and a group that includes Rob Clevenger, Juvenile Court administrator, and Scott Rasmus, executive director...
West Chester, Liberty Twp. haggle with unions
 Liberty Twp.’s firefighters have agreed to terms of a new contract that includes a pay raise, though not as much as the union originally sought. And in neighboring West Chester Twp., trustees have rejected a fact finder’s recommendation for pay increases for the police department. Liberty Twp. firefighters have a new contract...

Posted: 16 days ago

Liberty Twp.’s firefighters have agreed to terms of a new contract that includes a pay raise, though not as much as the union originally sought. And in neighboring West Chester Twp., trustees have rejected a fact finder’s recommendation for pay increases for the police department. Liberty Twp. firefighters have a new contract...
Butler County payroll down $14.5 million since Recession
 Since the Recession of 2008, Butler County has seen reduced its employees by 23 percent — or 541 people, an almost 16 percent payroll cut totaling $14.5 million. But there are departments where employee counts and payroll are up, according to budgets analyzed by the Journal-News. In 2008, MetroParks of Butler County had 34 employees...

Posted: 17 days ago

Since the Recession of 2008, Butler County has seen reduced its employees by 23 percent — or 541 people, an almost 16 percent payroll cut totaling $14.5 million. But there are departments where employee counts and payroll are up, according to budgets analyzed by the Journal-News. In 2008, MetroParks of Butler County had 34 employees...
Liberty Twp.’s 2017 budget includes new hires, facilities plan
 Liberty Twp.’s $25.7 million budget for 2017 includes some new hires and the start of a long range facilities plan. The 2017 spending plan, approved by trustees this week, includes $360,000 for an addition to its public services facility on Yankee Road, an expense that was not part of the draft budget presented in mid-December NEW:...

Posted: 19 days ago

Liberty Twp.’s $25.7 million budget for 2017 includes some new hires and the start of a long range facilities plan. The 2017 spending plan, approved by trustees this week, includes $360,000 for an addition to its public services facility on Yankee Road, an expense that was not part of the draft budget presented in mid-December NEW:...
Butler County approves structurally-balanced budget
 The Butler County commissioners approved a $95.9 million general fund budget Thursday, a spending plan that is structurally balanced and includes safeguards against future economic downturns. The general fund — which is taxpayer supported — finances everything from salaries and benefits to capital improvements and buildings. The...

Posted: 20 days ago

The Butler County commissioners approved a $95.9 million general fund budget Thursday, a spending plan that is structurally balanced and includes safeguards against future economic downturns. The general fund — which is taxpayer supported — finances everything from salaries and benefits to capital improvements and buildings. The...
Judge’s questions indicate New Miami may owe $3M
 A Butler County judge did not make a decision in the New Miami speed camera case Thursday, but his questions to attorneys indicate he may be leaning toward billing the village the entire $3 million speeders have paid. “It’s really just what those amounts would be… Whether it’s the $10,000, $1.8 (million) or the $3...

Posted: 20 days ago

A Butler County judge did not make a decision in the New Miami speed camera case Thursday, but his questions to attorneys indicate he may be leaning toward billing the village the entire $3 million speeders have paid. “It’s really just what those amounts would be… Whether it’s the $10,000, $1.8 (million) or the $3...
Judge’s questions indicate New Miami may owe $3M
 UPDATE, Dec. 29: A Butler County judge did not make a decision in the New Miami speed camera case today, but his questions to attorneys indicate he may be leaning toward billing the village the entire $3 million speeders have paid. “It’s really just what those amounts would be… Whether it’s the $10,000, $1.8 (million)...

Posted: 21 days ago

UPDATE, Dec. 29: A Butler County judge did not make a decision in the New Miami speed camera case today, but his questions to attorneys indicate he may be leaning toward billing the village the entire $3 million speeders have paid. “It’s really just what those amounts would be… Whether it’s the $10,000, $1.8 (million)...
New Butler County pay plan gets salaries ‘right-sized’
 A new pay structure for county employees is based on performance and will bring more control to personnel costs that for years included double-digit raises that nearly broke the county’s bank. The latest edition of performance pay will impact 129 non-union employees under the direct control of Butler County commissioner — they...

Posted: 24 days ago

A new pay structure for county employees is based on performance and will bring more control to personnel costs that for years included double-digit raises that nearly broke the county’s bank. The latest edition of performance pay will impact 129 non-union employees under the direct control of Butler County commissioner — they...
West Chester, rehab doctor still negotiating despite settlement
 The West Chester Twp. trustees had planned to discuss and possibly approve the settlement agreement with rehab specialist Dr. Mohamed Aziz on Tuesday, but the two sides are apparently still negotiating the terms of the deal. “When the U.S. District Court entered the conditional order of dismissal, it afforded the parties 60 days to...

Posted: 28 days ago

The West Chester Twp. trustees had planned to discuss and possibly approve the settlement agreement with rehab specialist Dr. Mohamed Aziz on Tuesday, but the two sides are apparently still negotiating the terms of the deal. “When the U.S. District Court entered the conditional order of dismissal, it afforded the parties 60 days to...
New Trenton police levy has big impact on 2017 budget
 Trenton’s total budget for next year is 15 percent higher than this year, but the general fund spending is down, both due to the voter-approved police levy. The total budget for all funds was set at $15.9 million compared to approximately $13.8 million this year. The general fund budgeted expenses for next year are projected at $2.6...

Posted: 29 days ago

Trenton’s total budget for next year is 15 percent higher than this year, but the general fund spending is down, both due to the voter-approved police levy. The total budget for all funds was set at $15.9 million compared to approximately $13.8 million this year. The general fund budgeted expenses for next year are projected at $2.6...
Liberty Twp. trustees will get help to find new fire chief
 The Liberty Twp. trustees plan to hire the Ohio Fire Chief’s Association to help them find a new fire chief to replace retiring Chief Paul Stumpf. Stumpf announced his retirement in September and gave the township a year to find someone new. Stumpf has worked for the Liberty Twp. fire department for 45 years and has served as fire chief...

Posted: 29 days ago

The Liberty Twp. trustees plan to hire the Ohio Fire Chief’s Association to help them find a new fire chief to replace retiring Chief Paul Stumpf. Stumpf announced his retirement in September and gave the township a year to find someone new. Stumpf has worked for the Liberty Twp. fire department for 45 years and has served as fire chief...
Butler County budget cuts not as bad as officials predicted
 Butler County’s 2017 budget is healthier than officials originally predicted, with $2 million in extra revenue, $1.2 million in cuts across all offices and departments, and a less impactful federal mandate on sales tax. The structurally balanced budget stands at $95.9 million for both revenues and expenditures for next year, which represents...

Posted: 30 days ago

Butler County’s 2017 budget is healthier than officials originally predicted, with $2 million in extra revenue, $1.2 million in cuts across all offices and departments, and a less impactful federal mandate on sales tax. The structurally balanced budget stands at $95.9 million for both revenues and expenditures for next year, which represents...
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