Hamilton County Commissioners

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Hamilton County Commissioners have approved a slight increase in the property tax rebate (PTR) for next year, but they still aren't funding it in full.  

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Correction 10/27/2015:

The request from the Sheriff’s office is not a supplemental appropriation.  Hamilton County Budget Director John Bruggen says all of the vehicles are within the capital spending authority approved by the Commission.

Original story 10/26/2015:  

Hamilton County Commissioners are concerned about the number of supplemental funding requests coming from the Sheriff's Office.  Commissioner Todd Portune says it seems like every week there's a request for one or two new vehicles.

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

Update 10/08/15:   Here are all three budget hearing dates and locations.

Oct. 21 at 6pm

Colerain Township Administration Building

4200 Springdale Road

Colerain Township, Ohio 45251

Oct. 26 at 6:30pm

Delhi Township Administration Building

934 Neeb Road

Delhi Township, Ohio 45233

Oct. 28 at 6pm

Springfield Township Senior & Community Arts Center

9150 Winton Road

Room “C” on the lower level

9150 Winton Road

Springfield Township, Ohio 45231

*Arts Center is to the left of the Administrative/Fire Department complex

Original Post: The proposed 2016 general fund budget for Hamilton County is 3.9 percent more than this year's spending plan, but it doesn't pay for every priority commissioners have identified.  County Administrator Christian Sigman says with some additional spending, the county would comply with the budget policy the commission approved in March.

In 2012, Time Magazine did a story based on an interesting premise: that five counties in Ohio – the ultimate swing state, the bellwether of the nation – could decide the presidential election between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

Yes, Hamilton County was one of them - perhaps the most important of them.

The others were Cuyahoga, Franklin, Stark and Montgomery.

Obama won them; won Ohio; and won a second term in the White House.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Renovations and repairs to Union Terminal are expected to start next June.  The work will start after Hamilton County Commissioners approve a development agreement.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

This week, Hamilton County Commissioners are expected to focus on the agreement that will govern the repair process for Union Terminal.  

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

The vice president of the Hamilton County Development Corporation says a 2014 survey of companies found two impediments to keeping local businesses. 

But Harry Blanton also says both issues are growth related, and says those are good problems to have.

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

The number of fatal and non-fatal shootings in Cincinnati and Hamilton County for the first six months of this year is higher than the same period last year. That's according to numbers provided by CIRV, the Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence. 

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

The Ohio treasurer launched a website late last year listing all state spending.  Josh Mandel is encouraging county and local governments to post their expenditures as well.  He says at some point elected officials will have to participate.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Hamilton County commissioners are downplaying Cincinnati city manager Harry Black's announcement that Greater Cincinnati Water Works will no longer share certain administrative functions with the Metropolitan Sewer District.