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President, Athens City Council 2017

President, Athens City Council
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    Christine Knisely (Dem) City Council President

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Biographical Information

What are your skills, talents and expertise that will help you contribute to the ongoing work of City Council?

What are the most important issues facing the city of Athens in the next two years?

Given that state funds are constantly shrinking, how would you suggest prioritizing the budget? Would you consider raising local revenue and, if so, how would you propose to do that?

Campaign Phone (740) 592-3183
Education and Experience BA, Ohio Wesleyan University. MA in Public Administration, Ohio University. 9 years service on Athens City Council, including having served as Chair of Finance/Personnel and Chair of Transportation; President of City Council since 2014. 13 years work experience with non-profit organizations. 15 years employed with Ohio University in College of Education and College of Osteopathic Medicine.
• Council member 2008-2014. • President of City Council 2014-2017. • Previous Chair of Finance and Personnel, and Transportation Committees. • Current Member of League of Women Voters; Past Officer of Athens League, Past Board member League of Women Voters of Ohio. • Athens County Leadership Program participant. • Past Leadership position in Research Office at the OU College of Osteopathic Medicine. • Past Participant in the Comprehensive Plans for Athens County (Land Use Plan) & Athens City.
• Two related issues include leadership and cooperation to maintain our infrastructure (streets, water, sewer, bridges), and cooperating with other entities (primarily governmental and educational) to foster economic development for the Appalachian community. • Equally important is creating a community that fosters strong relationships with citizens throughout the city and county, state, nation, and world.

• Citizen safety is a critical responsibility. To provide this we need to preserve funds for City and Safety Services (police, fire, streets, water, sewer) and supporting staff. 74% of our general revenue funds are for personnel so this is our highest priority. But local government funds from the state have decreased nearly ½ million dollars. With fewer state dollars, the city proposed a .2% income tax levy that was approved & that will help protect funding for City and Safety Services.

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