It's official: Metropolitan Sewer District rates will go up 5.5 percent next year.
Sewer rates have been increasing every year to pay for the multi-billion dollar federally mandated system overhaul. Hamilton County Commissioners Wednesday approved MSD's 2015 budget despite fresh conflict with the city over the Lick Run project.
The county's utility oversight director says 5.5 percent breaks down this way:
The 2014 quarterly bill is $110.71 for a typical single family residential customer (or $442.84 per year)
The Hamilton County Sheriff's Department is responding to Commissioner Greg Hartmann's request for more information about its motorcycle patrol.
Last week, the department asked to buy two new Harley Davidson motorcycles.
Hartmann questioned the purchase given the county's tight budget. "What are they going to be used for? Additional patrols? Are additional staff going to be used to need them? These are not replacement motorcycles."
Work is underway setting up a structure and oversight committee for the Union Terminal repair project. County Administrator Christian Sigman says "this is very similar to what the city and the county did with the Joint Banks Steering Committee."
Like The Banks, the Union Terminal project will be done under a public/private partnership. A project manager has not been hired yet.
In November, taxpayers approved a five year, quarter cent sales tax to fund the upgrades.