Hamilton County Board of Commissioners

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.

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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.

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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.

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The Hamilton County prosecutor has 30 days to tell commissioners what they can and cannot do to address gun violence. Commissioners approved a resolution Wednesday asking for a report on ways to prevent access to firearms that can kill lots of people.

Board President Todd Portune said he also wants county government to encourage innovative ways to protect soft targets.

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Hamilton County commissioners have approved a 2018 general fund budget. Board President Todd Portune says the $241 million spending plan is balanced and meets the county's obligations.

It's not quite time to break out the noisemakers and drop the balloons in celebration, but Hamilton County Democrats could do something in 2018 that hasn't been done in the lifetime of anyone reading this column.

They could end up holding all three seats on the Hamilton County Board of County commissioners.

Todd Portune's not going away anytime soon; Denise Driehaus just arrived earlier this year; and neither of them are up for re-election until 2020.

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Denise Driehaus is only the second woman ever elected to the Hamilton County Commission. Now she is determined to make the county a more inclusive home for women and girls. Women make up only 37 percent of Hamilton County elected officials, according to Driehaus, and only nine percent of the local CEOs.

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