Hamilton County Commissioners

Cincinnati and Hamilton County officials hope to have a full-time housing court up and running by next fall. But, first, they must get the Ohio Supreme Court and Ohio legislature to sign off on it.

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Hamilton County Commissioners are expected to set the county's property tax rebate (PTR) amount for next year at a meeting Monday.

Residential property owners were promised a refund as part of a ballot issue approved in 1996 to increase the sales tax by a half cent to pay for new stadiums.

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Homeowners occasionally refinance their mortgages to take advantage of lower interest rates to save money. The Hamilton County Commissioners just did essentially the same thing Wednesday with the bonds it issued back in the 1990's to build Paul Brown Stadium, Great American Ball Park and other riverfront improvements.

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A request for local matching funds to connect some bike trails in Hamilton County failed to get support from commissioners. Cincinnati Connects had originally asked commissioners to commit to $360,000 for three trail projects.

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Correction: Jim O'Reilly is a volunteer professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Duke Energy plans to build a gas pipeline through Hamilton County and commissioners say the first they heard of it was when neighbors complained.

Trying to put the Department of Job and Family Services out of business - that's how Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune describes the goal of the Ohio Healthier Buckeye Council.

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Hamilton County Commissioners are debating what to do with what could be up to $60 million in surplus levy funds. Commissioners approved a $22.5 million settlement Wednesday between Hamilton County Job and Family Services (JFS) and the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services.

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Correction, 10:17 a.m.: funding for the Sharonville Convention Center was for a future expansion study, not for furniture. Original story: Visitors to Hamilton County were up last year thanks in part to the All-Star Game. On the whole, the amount of revenue from an occupancy tax has been steadily increasing since 2009.

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A survey hints at a sales tax ballot issue from the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority. SORTA asked a sampling of Hamilton County residents if they would vote for a sales tax to support public transportation.

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Update 2:40 p.m. Hamilton County Commission President Chris Monzel says “The city’s repeated and flagrant disregard of its obligations stated very clearly under the 2014 Federal Court Order made today’s court action necessary. “We respectfully ask the court to enforce its previous order and allow Hamilton County to bring accountability and transparency which are so badly needed in MSD operations.”

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Chris Monzel says the state of the county is strong. The Hamilton County commission president delivered the annual State of the County address Thursday.

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The proposed utility service tax for Hamilton County is not a feasible option and won't be enacted, according to the president of the county commissioners.

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Ohio Auditor of State Dave Yost is launching a special audit of the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati.

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Hamilton County leaders have strong words about how Cincinnati runs the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD). Their remarks came after an Enquirer report alleging mismanagement and possible overspending.

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Hamilton County Administrator Christian Sigman turned in his resignation last week. Now county leaders are talking about how to find his replacement.

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