It's been tried before, but Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune say this time will be different. They're talking about finding areas where the two governments overlap and could save money by sharing services.
Portune explains why he thinks things will work out this time.
The makeup of the Hamilton County Commission won't change after Tuesday’s elections. When County Commission President Chris Monzel voted to separate Music Hall from the “Save Our Icons” proposal, some voters were incensed, and took a renewed interest in his re-election campaign. His official Democratic challenger was Sean Patrick Feeney, a relative unknown to local politics. Feeney refused to step aside for a more well-known name: former Vice Mayor Jim Tarbell. Tarbell mounted his own write-in campaign. But in the end, it didn't matter. Tarbell pulled in only about 3.5% of the vote, w
A federal magistrate ruled this morning that Cincinnati's responsible bidder ordinance is invalid and that Hamilton County makes the rules for the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD).
The county owns the sewer system, but the city operates it.
The city and the county have been fighting for more than two years over the responsible bidder ordinance, which would force MSD contractors to have apprentice programs and pay into a pre-apprenticeship fund. Unions favor the ordinance, because many of them have apprentice programs.