Hamilton County Commissioners

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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. 

Hamilton County Human Resources

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.

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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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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. 

Hamilton County Commissioners expected to wrap up the annual performance review for administrator Christian Sigman on Monday, Feb. 1, but it may be a moot point.  Sigman has submitted his resignation, effective in September. 

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Hamilton County's Board of Elections director wants more poll workers for Election Day; and some of those workers could come from the senior classes at local high schools.

Director Sherry Poland says she encourages companies to give employees a paid day-off to work the polls.  Poland says the ideas aren't new.

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Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil wants to buy 230 body cameras for deputies.  But first he has to come up with the money.  The Sheriff's Office received a Department of Justice grant, and can use restricted funds to buy the cameras, but the service agreement and storage costs are not yet covered.

Two-term Republican Greg Hartmann  said Tuesday morning he will officially resign from office on Monday, clearing the way for the Hamilton County Republican Party to name his successor.

That is likely to be Dennis Deters, a Colerain Township trustee. Deters and two other Republicans filed for the office by the Dec. 16  deadline for the March primary. Two have dropped out, leaving only Deters.

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