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3:57 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Federal Judge could oversee a solution to Cincinnati's pension mess

Jay Hanselman

Cincinnati Council could vote next week on an ordinance that would essentially let a federal court mediate a permanent solution to fix the city's currently under-funded pension system.  

Mayor John Cranley introduced the idea Tuesday during a city hall press conference.  

One item up for negotiation could be the compound cost of living adjustments some city retirees now enjoy.  Changing that has been a thorny issue.

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Local News
2:47 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Madisonville woman imprisoned in vote fraud case released

Melowese Richardson
Ann Thompson WVXU

Melowese Richardson, sentenced to five years in prison last summer on four counts of illegal voting, has been released from prison due to her mental condition, according to her lawyer.

Tuesday morning, Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Robert Ruehlman ordered the Madisonville woman released from prison and placed her on five years of probation.

Hamilton County prosecutor Joseph T. Deters agreed to the new sentence.

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Cincinnati Council
2:18 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Task force to review Cincinnati's charter for the first time in nearly 90 years

Council member Kevin Flynn
Provided, City of Cincinnati

A Charter Review Task Force is being formed to do the first comprehensive review of Cincinnati’s city charter since it was adopted nearly 90 years ago.

Council member Kevin Flynn, who chairs council’s rules committee, put out the call Tuesday for people to volunteer to serve on the task force, which will be expected to meet regularly for six months to a year before recommending charter changes to city council.

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Local News
1:28 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Hamilton County’s Yard Trimmings Drop-off Sites Open Saturday, March 29

Credit City of Cincinnati

The cold weather is on its way out and spring is on its way in. For many Hamilton County residents, that means yard work.

The Hamilton County Recyling and Solid Waste District is ready and will open the free yard trimmings drop-off sites on Saturday, March 29.

The free yard trimming drop-off sites are for residential use only. Residents who use these drop off sites must provide proof of residency, such as a driver’s license or utility bill. 

Locations:

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Taxes
1:22 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Cincinnati doesn't have to pay property taxes on golf courses, board rules

Credit Mark Heyne / WVXU

The Ohio Board of Tax Appeals says the City of Cincinnati does not have to pay property taxes on city-owned golf courses.

The ruling comes after the city appealed a decision by the Ohio Tax Commissioner who had said otherwise.

The tax commissioner had said the golf courses were subject to tax because they are operated by a private, for-profit company. The city says the Tax Appeals Board's ruling will save the city $450,000.

The Tax Commissioner can appeal to the state Supreme Court.

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