Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and Hamilton County Commissioner Greg Hartmann said they are committed to fixing the broken relationship between the city and county concerning the Metropolitan Sewer District. Both spoke after an hour long meeting Monday at City Hall.
Hartmann said for MSD to be successful, the county has to have a coordinated approach with the city.
It's official: Metropolitan Sewer District rates will go up 5.5 percent next year.
Sewer rates have been increasing every year to pay for the multi-billion dollar federally mandated system overhaul. Hamilton County Commissioners Wednesday approved MSD's 2015 budget despite fresh conflict with the city over the Lick Run project.
The county's utility oversight director says 5.5 percent breaks down this way:
The 2014 quarterly bill is $110.71 for a typical single family residential customer (or $442.84 per year)
A multi-million dollar sewer project is unexpectedly on hold and that has a lot of Hamilton County and Metropolitan Sewer District officials scratching their heads.
Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black did something no one was expecting on Dec. 5. He sent a letter to companies who'd bid to do work on the Lick Run Valley Conveyance System project, terminating negotiations. That came as a major surprise to Ulliman Schutte Construction, which had already been awarded the job and signed contracts with the Metropolitan Sewer District.