Metropolitan Sewer District

An audit of the Metropolitan Sewer District has turned up nearly $780,000 worth of illegal or unauthorized spending. State Auditor Dave Yost's office released the findings of a two year investigation Friday morning.

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While the City of Cincinnati struggles to reduce a $32 million deficit, it continues to carry millions of dollars in loans and unpaid debt.

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A year after Hamilton County and Cincinnati leaders thought they'd settled the future of the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD), the deal isn't done. And it may need to be reopened.

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Imagine this: You're outside a bar on Main Street in Over-the-Rhine. A friend's boyfriend has stepped outside to smoke. He finishes the cigarette, and maybe there isn't an ashtray or a bucket nearby, and so he tosses it into the street.

Or, try this scenario: You're at home with one of those "flushable" wipes. You're done with it, so, you flush it.

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Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) has to submit a Phase Two plan for consent decree work by Saturday, but the two organizations that own and operate the utility are still negotiating over what to submit.

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After a series of public hearings on a proposed spending plan, Cincinnati City Council members will debate how they want to alter the budgets submitted by Acting City Manager Patrick Duhaney and Mayor John Cranley.   

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The federal judge overseeing the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) consent decree has again told Cincinnati and Hamilton County leaders to work together. Judge Michael Barrett says if the two entities can't, he'll make decisions and they probably won't like them.

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A federal judge will get an update on the future of the Metropolitan Sewer District Wednesday morning. Cincinnati and Hamilton County representatives will go before Judge Michael Barrett to discuss the process to replace a 1968 agreement that had the city operate the utility, anc the county made budget decisions.

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Hamilton County commissioners are considering starting a customer assistance program for the Metropolitan Sewer District. It would help some people with their sewer bills.

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Hamilton County commissioners are looking to change how the Metropolitan Sewer District charges customers. The idea is to include a charge based on how much rainwater and snow melt come off a property.

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Hamilton County commissioners have several budget proposals and not a lot of time to reconcile them. Board President Todd Portune wants a vote on Wednesday. He turned in his ideas Monday morning, admitting they weren't complete.

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Communities United For Action (CUFA) is unhappy with how the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) is run. CUFA members complained about high sewer rates and slow response to sewer backups at Wednesday's Hamilton County Commission meeting.

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The Metropolitan Sewer District won't charge more next year. Hamilton County commissioners approved keeping 2018 sewer rates at this year's level.

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The Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) is recommending sewer rates stay the same next year. Director Gerald Checco says the district's recommended 2018 operating budget is eight percent lower than this year.

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The nearly 50-year-old joint agreement to operate the Metropolitan Sewer District is a step closer to ending. Cincinnati City Council and the Hamilton County commission both voted Monday on a commitment letter that spells out how the district will be operated in the future.


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There are still deep divisions between and within the two groups that have to sign off on the operation of the Metropolitan Sewer District. A three hour public hearing Monday night shows there isn't clear support among Cincinnati City Council and Hamilton County Commissioners for an agreement about the future of MSD.

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Cincinnati and Hamilton County are discussing changing the way the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) does business, transferring day-to-day operations to a five-member citizens board. The Cincinnati Fraternal Order of Police voted "no confidence" in Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters. And the police union plans to take a second vote on whether or not to participate in the Collaborative Agreement review and refresh process.

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Cincinnati and Hamilton County officials are ending a long-standing dispute by transferring day-to-day operations of the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) to a five-member citizens board.

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The Metropolitan Sewer District is being asked to buy several homes on the west side because of flooding and sewer backups.

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On the evening of August 28, 2016, central Hamilton County received nearly 4.5 inches of rain in a very short time. The storm sewer system wasn't built to handle that kind of rainfall and water and sewage backed up into some homes and businesses in Norwood, St. Bernard, and several Cincinnati neighborhoods.

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