By Patrick Crowley
The Cincinnati Enquirer
BROMLEY - Voters soundly defeated a proposed tax increase to pay for ambulance service in this tiny Kenton County city, leaving officials scrambling on how to pay for the vital service.
The tax was beaten with 123 votes for and 70 against, according to unofficial results posted Tuesday by the Kenton County Clerk's office.
The tax of $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value would have taken effect next July. Without the money generated by the tax, the city of 838 will have to cut $31,000 elsewhere in the budget, Bromley Councilman Ryan Grimes, chairman of the city's Ways and Means Committee, has said.
Meanwhile, farther south in Kenton County, Mike Daugherty had an easy time defeating incumbent and write-in candidate Christie Arlinghaus-Clem for the lone open seat on Crescent Springs City Council.
Unofficial results showed Daugherty with 600 votes compared to 171 for Arlinghaus-Clem.
"I'm very happy, very excited," Daugherty said Tuesday. "Christie was a write-in, but we never took anything for granted. She was very well-organized and did a stellar job getting her name out.
"I'm anxious to get my feet wet on the job and start doing what's best for the city," he said. "I've been around the city for a long time and I intend to stick around for a long time."
Arlinghaus-Clem, 54, a manager with the Internal Revenue Service in Covington, was appointed by council in July to fill the unexpired term of John Mullen.
But she missed an early August deadline to get her name on the ballot, and therefore had to run as a write-in.
Daugherty made the deadline and the ballot.
She maintained other Crescent Springs officials, including Mayor Claire Moriconi, should have informed her of the deadlines.
And she circulated campaign material suggesting Moriconi recruited Daugherty into the race.
"She didn't want me on council because she wanted to keep her majority," Arlinghaus-Clem said of the mayor.
But Moriconi said she stays out of council races. She did acknowledge discussing the race with Daugherty - but not recruiting him to run.
"The mayor talked to me about the race, but she did not recruit me," said Daugherty, 41, the CEO of OUR Designs in Erlanger.
A major issue in Crescent Springs is the proposed development of a $55 million "lifestyle" shopping center planned for an area that is now home to a mobile-home park.
Daugherty said the mall will generate more revenue, but it could also make traffic along Buttermilk Pike "a nightmare."
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