Like water rates, sewer rates in Hamilton County are increasing.
County Commissioners approved the Metropolitan Sewer District's 2014 budget, which includes a six percent rate hike. MSD is undergoing a massive multi-billion dollar system overhaul required by a federal consent decree.
MSD had asked for a $226.7 million operating budget but the county's new utility oversight director, Dave Meyer, says the sewer district can get by with $210.7 million. Commissioners chose to follow Meyer's recommendation.
Some Cincinnati Council Members have concerns with a compensation package being proposed for interim city manager Scott Stiles.
Mayor John Cranley wants him to run the city administration while a national search is conducted for a permanent replacement. Cranley's decision comes after Parks Director Willie Carden took his name out of consideration for the job last week.
As interim city manager, Stiles would be paid just more than $9,038 every two weeks. Council members seem okay with that salary.
Less than a week after vowing to stay in the race, Ohio Senator Eric Kearney said in an emailed statement to reporters Tuesday he will remove himself as the running mate for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald. Here's the email:
Cincinnati and Hamilton County have been locked in a battle for more than six months about the bidding rules for Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) construction projects.
The county created and owns the sewer district, so it argues state and federal procurement guidelines must be used. But Cincinnati says since it operates MSD, and the city's bidding procedures must be followed.
Cincinnati Council could vote Wednesday to withdraw support for a controversial housing project in Avondale. National Church Residences wants to build up to 100 units of permanent supportive housing for homeless and disabled individuals.
City Council approved a resolution in February supporting the group's effort to get low income housing tax credits from the Ohio Housing Finance Agency. Those credits have since been approved.