Good Government Coalition seeks to maintain conservative values in Hamilton County

Ken Meyer, left, Mike McGauley, Tina Benkiser, and Tom Decosimo talk about the Good Government Coalition's goals and principles to the TFP editorial board, Jan. 9, 2020 / Staff photo by Tim Barber.

A group of conservative Hamilton County citizens are fighting to restore what they consider responsible government on a local level.

The Good Government Coalition and PAC were formed during the fiscal year 2020 budget season to combat efforts by some members of the Hamilton County Commission and school board to impose a 34-cent property tax rate increase to benefit public schools. The efforts of local education advocacy nonprofit UnifiEd in favor of the increase compelled the group to form to defend their differing values.

"We started realizing that since 2016 and 2018, this group has worked very strongly to elect members to the school board and the county commission that would in fact change the nature of our government," Tom Decosimo, local businessman and co-founder of the coalition, said. "This [group] manifested itself this summer when the school board, with a 7-2 vote, came out with a $34 million tax increase.