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County Commissioner Todd Portune says the plan is still to have a music venue open at The Banks by the end of 2019. He admits that it won't be easy, but says the county is still pushing.

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The Hamilton County Sheriff's office is still providing police patrols in Silverton. But residents and officials are upset the department moved some personnel out of the village's town hall and moved county-owned vehicles to another location.

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Hamilton County has gone to court over a plan to raise water rates in unincorporated communities. Commissioners asked for a temporary restraining order to block Cincinnati Water Works from raising rates until a task force can finish a study.

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A week after a Hamilton County sales tax was withdrawn, commissioners are bracing for a budget based on deep cuts.

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Before the May 8 primary, you would have been hard pressed to find anyone who believed that former Forest Park Mayor Stephanie Summerow Dumas would win the Democratic primary for Hamilton County Commissioner.

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Hamilton County commissioners have approved a sales tax increase to deal with next year's budget shortfall. The two-tenths-of-a-cent hike will take effect in October as Hamilton County faces a $28 million deficit in 2019.

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Hamilton County commissioners and Cincinnati Council's Budget and Finance Committee Monday selected the Cincinnati Symphony (CSO) and Music and Event Management, Inc. (MEMI) as its choice to develop a music venue at The Banks.

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Hamilton County commissioners could vote in June on which company will build and operate a Banks concert venue. The Joint Banks Steering Committee recommended MEMI, the subsidiary of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, in early May, but commissioners haven't voted on that or talked with the city.

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Hamilton County commissioners and the Bengals have a deal in place to cover some of what the county contractually owes the team. Commissioners approved a memorandum of understanding Wednesday delaying a $2.67 million game day operations payment that was due in 2018.

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Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune will have his left leg amputated to rid his body of cancer.

Hamilton County commissioners may ask the county prosecutor to investigate steps the board can take to curb gun violence.

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A sales tax increase is on the table as Hamilton County leaders warn of a $20-30 million budget deficit for 2019. County Administrator Jeff Aluotto says it will be the worst deficit since the great recession.

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Hamilton County Commission President Todd Portune outlined the county's successes and challenges during the annual State of the County address.

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Hamilton County voters will have a levy request from the Cincinnati Zoo on the May ballot, but it's not what the zoo had hoped. County commissioners approved a renewal of the current levy. The zoo requested an increase.

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The 1968 agreement for the operation of the Metropolitan Sewer District may need to be extended. The replacement agreement hinges on a measure that hasn't been approved by Ohio lawmakers.

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Hamilton County commissioners have an eye on decreased state aid and unfunded mandates as they craft the 2018 budget. Board President Todd Portune wants to take a deep dive next year but is already identifying some numbers.

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Hamilton County Commission President Todd Portune says there appears to be some support for increasing the property transfer fee to help pay for 911 services.

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Hamilton County commissioners are ready to support a plan to pay for infrastructure around a proposed soccer stadium. Cincinnati wants to use part of its share of the lodging tax.

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Richard Cordray says he will step down from his post as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, signaling a possible run for Ohio Governor. Hamilton County Commission rejects FC Cincinnati's stadium plan just weeks before Major League Soccer owners decide which new teams to allow into the league. And a recount shows activist investor Nelson Peltz won his proxy fight with Procter and Gamble.

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Hamilton County's lawyers have looked at the Paul Brown Stadium lease to see if the facility could be a new home for a Major League Soccer franchise. FC Cincinnati wants a stadium to improve its bid to join MLS.

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