When voters elected Republican candidates Bob Phillips and Bill Ames to their first term as Lebanon County Commissioners in 2012, it began a 10-year partnership in county governance that has left an indelible mark.
Among the issues first tackled by the pair were thousands of reassessment appeal hearings for county property owners who were outraged by the increased tax bills they received as a result of the court-ordered countywide reassessment.
Now, in the wake of Ames’ death on Tuesday, Chairman County Commissioner Bob Phillips is reflecting on the life of his friend and colleague:
Moving forward he says the January 6th, 2022 commissioners meeting, which will be just 90 minutes before Ames’ funeral, is going to be a tough one:
Phillips says Ames was most assuredly a strong, partisan Republican but he never let political partisanship be his only consideration when having to make a tough decision on behalf of the county.