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Home sales
12:21 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Hot streak continues for local housing market

The housing market in the Cincinnati area has marked 29 consecutive months of increased sales, rising 5 percent last month.  The Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors says home sales were up 21 percent from January through November.

For all of Ohio, the number of homes sold rose 1.6 percent in November.  That also represents 29 straight months of growth.

Slight drop in the Commonwealth

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Cincinnati Streetcar
9:19 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Cincinnati Council to decide streetcar's fate Thursday

Update 12/18/13 @ 9:30 PM: 

Cincinnati Council will likely vote Thursday on whether the city's controversial streetcar project will continue. 

Construction has been on hold since December 4th.  Now the group will decide whether to let work resume or finally pull the plug on the plan. 

So far the city has spent $34 million on the streetcar project.  An independent audit firm reported Wednesday it will cost anywhere from $16 to $46 million to cancel the streetcar or about $69 million to complete it. 

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Metropolitan Sewer District
12:52 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Could sewer district hiring policies be headed to court?

Credit Tana Weingartner/WVXU

Hamilton County Commissioners are growing increasingly frustrated with Cincinnati leaders over which entity gets to set hiring policies for the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD).

Commissioner Greg Hartmann is proposing the two sides come up with inclusion goals, incentive programs, and a way to support apprenticeship programs.

"I'm prepared to go to court if that's what it takes," says Hartmann. The local hiring policy passed by City Council is illegal and the responsible bidder program is flat out discrimination against non-union shops."

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Cincinnati budget
7:51 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Cincinnati projected deficit for FY2015 is $16 million

City of Cincinnati

Cincinnati officials are showing a nearly $16 million General Fund deficit for the next budget year starting July 1st.

The information is contained in a tentative tax budget city council's Budget and Finance Committee will consider during a public hearing on January 6th.  The document must be provided to the Hamilton County Auditor by January 20th.  That office will use it to set the property tax millage rate for 2015 based on estimated property valuation.

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Cincinnati Streetcar
12:59 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

SORTA: we'll assist with streetcar operating costs

Update 12/17/13 @ 6:20 PM:  Council members Young, Simpson and Seelbach released a statement on SORTA's offer to take responsibility for streetcar operating cost.  A portion reads:

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