Hamilton County Commission considering budget alternatives

Oct 8, 2012

Hamilton County's Administrator today presented Commissioners three possible budgets for next year but it sounds like they'll be choosing Option number four.

Hamilton County Commissioners (L-R) Todd Portune, Greg Hartmann and Chris Monzel.
Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Two of the proposals call for increasing the sales tax to balance the budget but that idea is finding little traction with the board.

Commission President Greg Hartmann says, "I am not prepared to support revenue enhancements in the form of tax increases in this current economic climate to fill our budget gaps in the county. And I think that makes, obviously, the challenge more difficult. I think that we as a county government have got to continue to live within our means. I think the public expects us to live within the reduced revenue which we currently receive."

All three commissioners indicate they'll be crafting alternative budget solutions.

Three public budget hearings are scheduled for later this month. They are:

October 23, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.
Springfield Township Administration Building
Allen Paul Room
9150 Winton Road
Cincinnati, Ohio  45231

October 29, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.
Delhi Township Park Lodge
5125 Foley Road
Cincinnati, Ohio   45233

October 30, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.
Deer Park Municipal Building
7777 Blue Ash Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45236