Hamilton County Board of Commissioners

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Advocates are calling on Hamilton County leaders to immediately lower rates for the Metropolitan Sewer District. The newly formed Fair Sewer Rates Coalition includes organizations like Communities United for Action, the Sierra Club, and League of Women Voters.


Hamilton County is now accepting applications for immediate funding for affordable housing projects. Joy Pierson, community development administrator, says many projects are on hold because construction costs have increased so much.

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More than $500,000 is headed to five Hamilton County communities for free public WiFi. County officials developed the program with federal Community Development Block Grants.

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A Hamilton County nonprofit is using Uber and Lyft to get vulnerable residents to COVID-19 vaccine appointments. About 48% of Hamilton County residents have gotten at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and advocates say the people most at risk are least able to get the shot.


Hamilton County residents and community leaders spoke for over an hour Thursday, telling the Board of Commissioners how they want to see federal stimulus money spent. The county will receive about $159 million from the American Rescue Plan Act.

Hamilton County officials plan to spend about half of $159 million in stimulus funding on the negative economic impacts of the pandemic, including $40 million on housing. A draft spending plan released Wednesday outlines the county's broad priorities.

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Hamilton County officials are working on concurrent plans to address affordable housing county-wide and in certain communities. The county is using federal HUD funding to develop housing strategies for six communities, working with LISC Greater Cincinnati and the Community Building Institute at Xavier University.

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Updated May 13

Hamilton County expects to have a preliminary plan next week for spending its portion of the American Rescue Plan. Administrator Jeff Aluotto and staff have been meeting with stakeholders, community groups and others to get a picture of where the dollars should go.

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Hamilton County Commissioners passed five gender equity resolutions Thursday night, including a commitment to address gender- and race-based pay inequity in county employment. The resolutions are based on recommendations in an annual report from the Commission on Women and Girls.

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The Hamilton County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday to approve new funding for the Maslow's Army day shelter in Queensgate. The unanimous vote comes after shelter staff said they'd have to shut down without more funding.

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Officials in Hamilton County are taking their time in planning how to spend $158 million in federal stimulus from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). County Administrator Jeff Aluotto says it's very important to wait on federal guidance, and he has a lot of unanswered questions.

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The corner of Central Parkway and Elder Street is the planned location for a new county-owned parking garage. Hamilton County commissioners voted Thursday to purchase two surface parking lots for $2.2 million. It's part of a deal with FC Cincinnati for the county to provide parking near its new stadium.

SORTA Sends Transit Sales Tax Levy To 2020 Ballot

Sep 30, 2019
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Hamilton County voters will have a chance to weigh in on the future of public transportation and infrastructure in March.

Community Members Show Support For County Tax Levies

Jul 25, 2019
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Hamilton County Commissioners are getting community members' opinions before voting next week on two tax levies to put on the November ballot.

Commissioner Todd Portune Returns To Business As Usual

May 23, 2019
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Hamilton County Commission voted unanimously on an initiative impacting homelessness. Commissioner Todd Portune joined the other commissioners after being out for neck surgery.

Hamilton County Commission Relocates Thursday's Meeting, Again

May 22, 2019
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After questions about moving the Hamilton County commissioners meeting to the Daniel Drake Center, Thursday's meeting will be held at the Hamilton County Administration building.


According to the National Stepping Up Initiative, in the U.S. approximately 2 million times each year, people who have serious mental illnesses are admitted to jails. These individuals often don't receive appropriate, or any, treatment, and, upon release, are at a higher risk of re-incarceration than those without mental illnesses.

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Hamilton County commissioners are officially designating February as Black History and African-American History Month in the county. Though the board has participated in programs in the past, it says this is the first time such a step has been taken by the county itself.

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Those running an alternative sentencing pilot program in Hamilton County say it's been successful so far and want it to continue.

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Hamilton County is partnering with the Freestore Foodbank to encourage donations. The food drive comes as federal employees head back to work, at least temporarily, following the partial government shutdown.

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Job and Family Services is hardest hit among Hamilton County agencies by the partial government shutdown. Other groups and programs that rely on federal grants could start feeling the effects if the shutdown - already the longest in history - persists.

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Democrat Stephanie Summerow Dumas was sworn-in Tuesday as the third member of the Hamilton County Board of Commission. She is believed to be the first African-American woman to serve as a county commissioner in Ohio.

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The Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency is conducting additional monitoring Monday and Tuesday in the Winton Terrace and Spring Grove Village neighborhoods. The move follows complaints from community members and a subsequent report in the media.

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Democratic challenger Stephanie Summerow Dumas won the race for Hamilton County commission by about 9,000 votes in Tuesday's election. Her victory means Democrats hold all three seats of the commission for the first time. It's also the first time there have been two women on the board. And Dumas says she is the first African-American woman to be elected commissioner in Ohio.

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There's a new fight brewing between Cincinnati and Hamilton County. The two governments have battled over control of the Metropolitan Sewer District for years, and the latest argument is from the other end: water.

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Hamilton County voters will have a new tax levy on the ballot this November. Two of the three commissioners approved a "bridge" to aid an existing children's services levy.

A group of Republicans and anti-tax advocates is coming together in an attempt to put a just-passed sales tax hike before voters.

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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.


Updated Tuesday, 3:09 p.m.

FC Cincinnati released a statement to clarify the map published on Monday:

"The attached conceptual site diagram is a draft, potential FCC MLS stadium orientation that has been used for planning and discussion purposes with local officials only.  This diagram is part of a fit study to demonstrate how the stadium could orient on the West End site.  There are other possible orientations, configurations, seating capacities and other design specifications that will be evaluated in a full design process, beginning with the formal hiring of architects, which would commence if an MLS team is awarded."

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The physical impact of a soccer stadium on the West End is a little more clear, as Cincinnati waits to hear if the facility will come to fruition. Hamilton County Commissioners were updated on the state of FC Cincinnati's plans to build a stadium, Monday morning.

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Hamilton County's administrator is proposing a new sales tax to pay for operations. Jeff Aluotto says without new revenue, Hamilton County faces a $28 million deficit for 2019.