Grossmann wins third term on Warren commission

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Republican incumbent Tom Grossmann won his third term on Warren County Commission, winning over Democrat Dr. Nabila Babar, according to the unofficial voting results of the Warren County Board of Elections.

Grossman defeated Babar by 69.3% to 30.7% margin.

Both Babar and Grossmann are residents of Mason.

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Babar, 57, said she was running for county commission because her work in mental health and addiction is motivating her to seek public office for the first time.

A physician and a medical director in her field of mental health and addiction, she is also a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. A native of Pakistan, Babar did her post-graduate training at Wright State University and is board-certified in internal medicine and in addiction medicine.

If she is elected, her top three priorities will be introducing treatment into the criminal justice system for mental health and addiction; introducing programs in schools for the identification of high risk youth and non threatening intervention; and focus on recycling and introduce programs to incentivize it.

To address those top priorities, Babar wants to build relationships with the sheriff to introduce treatment in criminal justice system for people suffering from mental health and addiction. She also wants to build relationships with school boards and work towards identification of high risk youth. Babar also said she wants to use the commission’s control on the county budget and spending by advocating and allocating funds towards primary prevention and treatment.

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Grossmann, 65, is seeking a third four-year term as a Warren County Commissioner.

“As a commissioner, Warren County has improved its financial position. We have cut real estate taxes, controlled spending and made major capital improvements,” he said.

“We have maintained a high level of county services while cutting real estate taxes every year since 2017,” he said. “In 2021, the Commission enacted the largest one-year real estate tax cut of almost $47 million on taxes paid in 2022. The Commission has controlled spending giving the county a 2021 year-end cash balance of $56.9 million plus a $12 million reserve. The Commission built the largest capital improvement in county history by completing the new county jail in 2021 for $53 million which was $5 million under budget.”

He said the county will be debt-free by 2023 and the county since 2017 has been awarded the top triple A bond rating possible for a county by Moody’s Investor Service.

Grossmann said his top priorities are to keep taxes as low as possible by controlling spending; to maintain a high level of county services; and to encourage strong business development in the county.

To accomplish those goals, Grossmann said he will ensure that real estate taxes and sales taxes are as low as possible and continue to promote strong business development policies. He said the county will provide excellent public services with fair but low rates for those services.

The three-member county commission is the general administrative body for the county has specific and limited authority by the Ohio Revised Code such as holding title to all county properties; serving as the sole taxing authority for the county; and controlling county purchasing. The commissioners are also the budget and appropriating authority for all county agencies and elected officials.

County commissioners have four-year terms and are paid $96,868 a year.

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