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Some residents call for resignation of 2 West Chester officials
 Several West Chester Twp. residents are demanding two elected officials step down after their recent comments about controversial issues. An over-capacity crowd filled the township offices for a trustee meeting Tuesday night, prompted by a recent Facebook debate by Fiscal Officer Bruce Jones as well as the controversial “Right to Work&rdquo...

Posted: 25 days ago

Several West Chester Twp. residents are demanding two elected officials step down after their recent comments about controversial issues. An over-capacity crowd filled the township offices for a trustee meeting Tuesday night, prompted by a recent Facebook debate by Fiscal Officer Bruce Jones as well as the controversial “Right to Work&rdquo...
‘Right to Work’ on hold in West Chester Twp.
 Unions from throughout the region converged Tuesday on a trustee meeting to protest West Chester Twp.’a proposal that would make the township a “Right to Work” place, but a development in the federal court case could make their concerns unfounded. The Journal-News broke news earlier this month that West Chester Twp...

Posted: 25 days ago

Unions from throughout the region converged Tuesday on a trustee meeting to protest West Chester Twp.’a proposal that would make the township a “Right to Work” place, but a development in the federal court case could make their concerns unfounded. The Journal-News broke news earlier this month that West Chester Twp...
Unions expected to protest ‘Right to Work’ in West Chester
 Hundreds of union workers and representatives are planning to converge on a West Chester Twp. trustee meeting tonight to protest a “Right to Work” proposal, but only people with direct ties to the township will be allowed to speak. MORE: West Chester trustees want Right to Work resolution A recent federal appeals court opinion...

Posted: 26 days ago

Hundreds of union workers and representatives are planning to converge on a West Chester Twp. trustee meeting tonight to protest a “Right to Work” proposal, but only people with direct ties to the township will be allowed to speak. MORE: West Chester trustees want Right to Work resolution A recent federal appeals court opinion...
Program helps pregnant Butler County addicts gain independence
 In the year since the launch of a service for pregnant Butler County women addicted to drugs, more than half of the 13 participants have successfully completed the pilot program. Motherhood and Maternity Addiction Services (MAMAS) offered residential addiction treatment for the women as well as life skills training, job placement services...

Posted: 29 days ago

In the year since the launch of a service for pregnant Butler County women addicted to drugs, more than half of the 13 participants have successfully completed the pilot program. Motherhood and Maternity Addiction Services (MAMAS) offered residential addiction treatment for the women as well as life skills training, job placement services...
West Chester budget includes police body cameras

1:59 PM Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017

West Chester Twp. plans to spend $44.8 million this year, with the lion’s share going toward its police and fire departments. Police and fire services make up more than 60 percent of the operating budget that was presented to trustees this week. The police spending plan totals $15.2 million, and fire and EMS spending is expected to...
New Butler County veterans board member advocates more outreach
 A survey of veterans who have visited the Butler County Veterans Service Commission seeking help shows word of mouth is still the strongest outreach tool, but more people are reporting they are hearing the veterans board’s ads on the radio. The board has gradually increased its ad budget over the past few years, hoping to reach more...

1:00 PM Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017

A survey of veterans who have visited the Butler County Veterans Service Commission seeking help shows word of mouth is still the strongest outreach tool, but more people are reporting they are hearing the veterans board’s ads on the radio. The board has gradually increased its ad budget over the past few years, hoping to reach more...
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...

11:38 AM Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017

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...

5:03 PM Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017

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...

2:02 PM Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017

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...

8:49 PM Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017

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

11:52 AM Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017

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...

7:00 PM Saturday, Jan. 07, 2017

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...

12:40 AM Saturday, Jan. 07, 2017

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...

4:30 PM Friday, Jan. 06, 2017

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

12:00 AM Thursday, Jan. 05, 2017

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...

1:00 PM Monday, Jan. 02, 2017

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...

1:00 PM Sunday, Jan. 01, 2017

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:...

8:45 PM Friday, Dec. 30, 2016

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...

9:44 PM Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016

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...

8:52 PM Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016

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...
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