Hamilton County Commission

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When I started covering politics in these parts 37 years ago, it would have been hard to imagine a day when the Republicans were on the outside of Hamilton County government looking in.

That day has come.

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Hamilton County commissioners are reviewing the county administrator's recommended 2020 budget. The proposed document includes a financial plan for the next five years.

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The Hamilton County Commissioners are expected to decide in about a month how the county's dog warden functions will be handled. They'll be looking for a new option after the SPCA Cincinnati said it will not be providing those services in 2020.  

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Hamilton County commissioners could vote in a few weeks on a resolution to set up a task force to study the future of the county fair.

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Hamilton County commissioners are considering several options about how to proceed with dog warden and humane enforcement operations. The program review began earlier this year after complaints from animal advocates.


Updated: Thursday, 4:10 p.m.

Hamilton County officials are confirming a deal is done between the county and Cincinnati to amend their convention center cooperative agreement.

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.

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A solution could be coming for some Mt. Washington neighbors fed up with years of sewers backing up in their basements during heavy rains.

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After months of feuding over a plan to raise water rates for certain county communities, townships and unincorporated areas, Cincinnati and Hamilton County say they have a deal.

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The team behind the Sharonville Convention Center expansion is ready to move forward with the final two stages of design development. The project is slated to begin construction in early 2020.

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Hamilton County's new fire and EMS dispatching program is up and running.

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The Metropolitan Sewer District will begin accepting applications for a newly approved Customer Assistance Program (CAP). The CAP offers a 25% discount to low-income senior citizens who meet certain criteria.

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Not surprisingly, Cincinnati officials are rejecting Hamilton County commissioners' plan announced last week to transfer the Metropolitan Sewer District's executive staff to county control while leaving sewer district employees under the city.  


Updated April 11, 2:24 p.m.

Hamilton County commissioners are giving the go-ahead to a financing plan to advance a music venue at The Banks. The board voted 2-1 with Commissioner Stephanie Summerow Dumas dissenting, though she declined to say why.

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Poor oral health continues to be a problem that can lead to more serious health concerns. The Hamilton County Oral Health Coalition was created in 2017 to address and improve overall oral hygiene and it's now out with its strategic plan.

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Updated at 2:30 p.m. with comment from the city.

Hamilton County commissioners say they have a plan to end the dysfunction at the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD).

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In her first State of the County address, Hamilton County Commission President Denise Driehaus says the county must be collaborative, creative and cost-conscious.


Despite complaints from animal advocates, Hamilton County commissioners approved a new one-year contract with the SPCA for dog warden services.


Hamilton County commissioners are putting off a decision on the dog warden contract for a few more days. Commissioner Todd Portune wants an opportunity to speak with the warden before voting on the program's future.


Critics of the way Hamilton County contracts with the SPCA for dog warden services have been arguing for several years that there's a lack of transparency and results. Now, after decades of the doing things the same way, County Commissioners are considering changes.