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Making a Difference!

Kenny Brown was not looking for a job when he ran  for Boone County Clerk, he was looking to make a difference!  And making a difference is exactly what he has done! Here's what making a difference looks like! 

  • Lowered Clerk's operating budget 1st year in office
  • No operating budget increase for 7 consecutive years
  • Returned $1.6 million in surplus at the end of 1st term (2014)
  • On pace to return another $1.6 million at the end of current term (2018)
  • Enhanced and grew online Clerk transactions that improved customer convenience
  • Led public awareness campaigns to stop KY Legislators' proposed fee and tax hikes related to County Clerks' Offices statewide. 

Boone County Clerk Sees Technical Innovations Pay Off -$1.6 Million Surplus Returned

Spectrum News -BURLINGTON, KY — Boone County Clerk Kenny Brown saw his office have a $1.6 million surplus of funds during his first four years in office — more than double what the previous  clerk had during the same amount of time.
Brown, who won re-election in November, said there were a number of key reasons that led to the large surplus amount.
“We kept our budget significantly lower. It’s lower than when I took office in 2010,” he said. “Our management staff is streamlined. It’s smaller than it was in 2010. We’ve utilized technology and remote transactions. We were the second in the state to implement a phone-in renewal system that allows Boone County citizens to call in 24 hours a day, seven days a week to renew their tag and it comes in the mail.”

Walton/Southern Boone Co. Area Same Day. Drive-Thru Automobile Tag Renewal Service

Kentucky Enquirer - No fuss, drop-off vehicle tag service offered here.  By Terry DeMio.

WALTON – Wouldn't it be great to just drop off your check for your motor vehicle tags and get them back later the same day?
That's what Boone County Clerk Kenny Brown thought, and beginning Monday, it'll be an option for residents – thanks to a drop-box – in Walton.
Actually, the box was installed Wednesday and a resident who saw it already used it.
"I'm a very busy horse trainer and I realized my tags were due," said Jennifer Craig, owner of Intrepid Farms in Walton. "I had my big truck and trailer hooked up. I was going to have to drive all the way to the clerk's office.
"Then I saw the box. It was like, 'An oasis!'" Craig said. "I thought, 'Oh my gosh! I can drop it off here!'"
The county clerk's drop-box is in the drive-through service at Heritage Bank at 325 Mary Grubbs Hwy.

Brown is inviting residents of Walton, Verona and southern Boone County to get their motor vehicle tag renewals by dropping paperwork and a check into the box and returning later to get their tags. "Anybody working or living in that area can take advantage of it," he said.
Brown said it's the first drop-box of its kind in the state, and he thought it just made sense to provide it.
"With more than 120,000 vehicles in Boone County now, most of our motor vehicle activity is renewals," Brown said. "It provides better service at a low cost if they're doing it remotely. It lets us manage our time better, and it's a convenience for the customer."

Jennifer Craig couldn't agree more. "It was absolutely perfect," she said. "It saved me at least an hour today."
Here's how to do it:
• Place your motor vehicle renewal reminder card or a copy of your current registration, a copy of your current insurance card and a check (no cash) for what you owe into a sealed envelope.
• Drop it into the Boone County clerk's drop box (It's clearly marked county's logo).
• When you return, go through the Heritage Bank drive-through or into the lobby, and a bank employee will provide you with your return envelope from the clerk's office.
Here's when you can do it:
• Drop-off hours: Monday through Friday, except on county-observed holidays.
• Pick-up hours: Heritage Bank lobby, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9–6 p.m. Friday. Heritage Bank drive-through, 8 a.m.–6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
• If you drop off your envelope before 8:30 a.m., you can return to the location after 3:30 p.m. for your tags. If you can't make it back that day, you can pick it up another time.
The drop-box cost $2,743, Brown said, adding with a laugh, "A lot cheaper than office space equipment and staff.

Brown Leads Fight Against Frankfort Politicians And Wins For Boone County

The lawsuit at the heart of the ruling on complaints filed by Boone County Clerk Kenny Brown and a group of Northern Kentucky voters . They successfully argued that their votes were “diluted” because local, state and federal elections used voting districts enacted in 2002 and apportioned using 2000 U.S. Census data. The districts didn’t take into account population shifts across the state in the ensuing decade, they argued. Brown said the lawsuit could not have been avoided because the Kentucky General Assembly failed to pass new redistricting maps during the 2013 Legislative session. 

Rare Political Document From 1860 Discovered And Preserved In Boone County

Spectrum News -BURLINGTON, KY – A 155-year-old voter tally sheet from the 1860 presidential election has been discovered and preserved in Boone County.
The document was recently discovered among tens of thousands of records being stored in the basement of the Boone County clerk’s office by a historian that Boone County Clerk Kenny Brown is working with to organize the vast collection.
In that 1860 election, Tennessean John Bell, representing the Constitutional Union Party, carried the county with 881 votes, Kentuckian John C. Breckinridge, representing the Southern Democratic Party, had 739 votes, Democrat Stephen A. Douglas collected 228 votes, while Republican Abraham Lincoln, who went on to win two terms as president, got just one vote in the county.
One of the unique things about the document is the fact that, under each of the candidates’ names, is the names of the electors.
“Kentucky had 12 electoral votes at that time, they had 10 congressional districts, and 2 senators that made up the 12 votes,” Brown said.
Until recently, the document could be handled by anyone going to the courthouse to do research. Brown felt that such a rare record of the counties past should be protected and preserved so that future generations can see it. So, he spent $200 on his own money to have it professionally framed and protected.
“It’s UV protected so any light’s not going to damage it,” Brown said. “It’s also acid free, so there will be no deterioration over time and we can display it.

Kenny Brown for Boone County Clerk

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