Former Branson Mayor, Karen Best, and outgoing Alderwoman, Cris Bohinc were both honored for their dedication and service to the City at the regularly scheduled Board of Aldermen meeting at City Hall on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, and will each have a tree planted in their honor.
Best was elected Mayor in April of 2015. She served on several committees including the City’s Planning Commission, the Budget and Finance Committee, Capital Improvement Committee and Human Resources Committee.
While Best was Mayor, the City of Branson was able to accomplish several things to reinforce the goals of the “Community Plan 2030,” including passing the Public Safety Sales tax in 2017, which is allowing the City to build a new Police and Fire building, along with more staff and lifesaving equipment. The City also was able to initiate a program that promotes a clean and safe living location for everyone, regardless of economic conditions and pass a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) for a $51 million aquarium. In the last four years, the City has assisted with the economic development process to permit almost $250 million worth of construction activity. Best also led the community during several severe floods and the Duck Boat incident in 2018.
“My heart is full of gratitude and excitement as I leave the office of Mayor. Thank you for the opportunity to serve this incredible community that I love with all my heart. Everything I have done the past two terms has been done out of a true commitment to making Branson the best place to live, work, and play. I would like to wish Mayor Edd Akers the best as he continues to lead Branson with his heart for the community,” said Best.
Cris Bohinc has served 10 of the last 11 years on the Board of Aldermen. She was first elected in 2008 and served until 2016, then re-elected in 2017, serving two more years. She also served on several committees including the Capital Improvement Committee and the Human Resources Committee.
“My proudest achievements are the unseen moments, helping the constituents behind the scenes. I will forever be available to help them as I love our community and am blessed that they gave me the opportunity to serve,” said Bohinc.
While she served, the City started priority-based budgeting, the Community Plan 2030 and neighborhood associations.
Trees will be planted this spring at Alexander and Parnell Parks, in recognition of outstanding dedication and service for both Bohinc and Best.