Led the County and Community through the COVID pandemic as we adjusted County operations to a new normal.
Led the County Commission through a Strategic Planning process resulting in 4 overarching priorities:
Achieve Social and Economic Opportunity for all
Invest in and protect our environment
Address the housing gap
Accelerate progress on infrastructure;
Committed $15 million in annual funding for our new road pavement management Plan.
Invested in Newberry through funding the Agricultural and Equestrian Center, the Alachua County/UF IFAS offices and auditorium;
Invested in the City of Alachua through significant contributions to Legacy Park Project.
Cooperating with several cities (Alachua, Hawthorne, High Springs, Newberry) in their Community Redevelopment efforts.
Provided Gas Tax revenue and Wild Spaces Public Places dollars at a rate higher than the state revenue sharing model that is required for all the cities;
Held – with all of Alachua County’s cities – a positive and optimistic discussion about future cooperation and committed to assisting all our cities with their legislative efforts.
Investing $30+ million in building the new Sports Event Center that will have an enormous economic impact through job creation, visitor revenue, and hotel stays.
Committed $15 million in American Rescue Plan Act dollars to provide Broadband access to those in need. In addition, we are committed to investing ARP dollars into a Central Receiving Facility, East side Health clinic and the newly formed Affordable Housing Trust Fund.
Deployed over $15+ million in American Rescue Plan dollars to residents for rental and utility assistance.
Committed $8 million in funding for a new Public Safety Trunked Radio system to better serve our rural areas.
Committed unprecedented resources to a local Truth & Reconciliation process to address years of institutional racism.
Lowered the property tax millage rate in each of the 7 years Ken has been on the Commission. The County Commission over this time has lowered the millage rate from 8.9mills in 2014 to less than 7.8mills in 2021.
Oppose the less representative, more expensive form of local government in HB1493 (sponsored by Representative Clemons & Senator Perry). Voters currently vote for all 5 county commissioners. Under this Tallahassee scheme, voters could no longer vote for or be represented by all 5 of their commissioners.
Committed to a new Animal Services Facility to better serve the entire County.
Committed to investments on the Waldo Road corridor by changing the City of Gainesville CRA. Entered into an agreement with the US Army for a depot facility on the northern end of Waldo Road. This will have an economic impact of over $30+ million for East Gainesville.