Hamilton County Commissioners

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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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Hamilton County Commissioners have approved the 2016 operating budget for the Metropolitan Sewer District. 

The budget delays any rate increase until the middle of next year, after an affordability task force delivers its findings.

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The Cincinnati Bengals are asking Hamilton County for a review of Paul Brown Stadium comparing it with other NFL facilities.  The request falls under the terms of the lease approved nearly 20 years ago. Commission President Greg Hartmann says the stadium is an important county asset.

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Mayor John Cranley, along with seven of nine Cincinnati council members, have told  Hamilton County commissioners they will talk about the future of the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD), but not under the assumption the county will take over control.

In a letter to commissioners Greg Hartmann and Todd Portune Wednesday, Cranley and the council members  rejected the argument that the two commissioners made in a letter to Cranley last month – that MSD, plagued with continuing rate increases and allegations of mismanagement – should hand over MSD operations to the county.

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Hamilton County Commissioners appear likely to approve a utility service fee to help pay for the 911 emergency dispatch center. 

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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.  

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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. 

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