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KLC presents Sen. Chris McDaniel with ‘Friend of Kentucky Cities’ award at Kenton Mayors’ meeting

The Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) presented Senator Chris McDaniel (R-Taylor Mill) with a 2018 “Friend of Kentucky Cities” award Saturday morning at a meeting of the Kenton County Mayors Group. KLC Deputy Executive Director J.D. Chaney and Director of Governmental Affairs Bryanna Carroll thanked Senator McDaniel for his hard work in the 2018 Regular Session of the General Assembly on behalf of cities.

Park Hills Mayor Matt Mattone, Kenton County Judge Executive Kris Knochelmann, Lakeside Park Mayor David Jansing, Villa Hills Mayor Butch Callery, Kenton County Commissioner Jon Draud, Fort Mitchell Mayor Jude Hehman, Independence Mayor Chris Reinersman, Erlanger Mayor Tyson Hermes, KLC Deputy Executive Director J.D. Chaney, Crescent Springs Mayor Lou Hartfiel, Taylor Mill Mayor Daniel Bell, Crestview Hills City Council Member Frank Sommerkamp and KLC Director of Governmental Affairs Bryanna Carroll present Senator Chris McDaniel (R-Taylor Mill) with a 2018 “Friend of Kentucky Cities” award at the Kenton County Mayors Group meeting. (Photo provided)

“Because of the actions taken by the Kentucky Retirement Systems (KRS) Board of Directors last summer, one of the big issues cities were forced to tackle this past legislative session was the need for a phase-in of contribution rates for employers in the County Employees Retirement System (CERS),” said Chaney. “As chair of the Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee, Senator McDaniel stepped up and amended House Bill 362 to provide employer contribution caps for CERS employers. The temporary rate relief provided in Senator McDaniel’s amendment was a necessary response to the KRS Board’s action and was essential for the fiscal vitality of our cities. We are grateful that Senator McDaniel was willing to take a lead role on this issue and we are confident we can count on him to continue to work with cities in the upcoming session to find a more permanent solution.”
KLC Executive Director/CEO Jonathan Steiner expressed his appreciation for Senator McDaniel’s commitment to cities. “He understood the importance of the rate relief House Bill 362 provided for local governments. We are proud to name Senator McDaniel a ‘Friend of Kentucky Cities’ again this year as he continues to show a dedication to the passage of legislation that is key to cities in his district and across the state.”
Founded in 1927, the Kentucky League of Cities is a membership association of more than 370 cities across the commonwealth.

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