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Request for Public Comment on the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)
03/24/2022
Hamilton County and partners present a draft of the 2021 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for Hamilton County, which contains a five-year strategy to diversify and strengthen the local economy.
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County Suspends Operations Due to Weather
02/02/2022
Administrator Jeffrey Aluotto has suspended all non-essential County operations under the BoCC due to the severe weather.
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Commissioners Launch Grant Program to Help the Arts
01/27/2022
Hamilton County Commissioners and ArtsWave announce COVID relief grants for Hard-hit Arts and Cultural Nonprofits
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2021

Starting the New Year with a New Location for 513Relief Services
12/29/2021
Hamilton County is teaming up with the Southwest Ohio Region Workforce Investment Board (SWORWIB) to temporarily house the services of the 513Relief Bus in one convenient location starting in January 2022 for the winter months.
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Commissioners Launch Grant Program to Help Area Nonprofits
12/14/2021
Hamilton County Commissioners announced the launch of a new $6.3 million grant program to help stabilize nonprofits that provide essential social and family services in Hamilton County. Applications for those eligible nonprofits go live on December 30, 2021 on the United Way's website.
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2022 Recommended Budget
11/04/2021
The Hamilton County Administrator unveils the 2022 Recommended Budget.
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Hamilton County Stadiums Light Up Purple
10/08/2021
In solemn recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Great American Ballpark, Paul Brown Stadium, and TQL Stadium are all lighting up purple this weekend.
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Expanding Hamilton County's Quick Response Team
10/08/2021
Black male overdose deaths are on the rise in Ohio. Hamilton County is expanding its Quick Response Team with a new program that applies evidence-based interventions.
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Hamilton County's Sales Tax Rating Sees Boost
09/27/2021
Hamilton County's sales tax rating received a recent boost that will ensure the County pays a lower interest rate on sales tax bond refunding.
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County Receives Award for Leadership Training
09/24/2021
Hamilton County, Ohio was one of three Ohio counties recognized for its commitment to strengthening the leadership skills of elected officials and the county workforce.
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Household Hazardous Products Drop-off Event
09/23/2021
This is a free service offered to all Hamilton County residents that allows us to ensure that these materials are properly disposed of, including pesticides, automotive fluids, cleaning products, lawn and pool chemicals.
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Hamilton County Partners with Health GAP to Spread the Word on Vaccines
09/21/2021
Hamilton County Commissioners are proud partners in the 'We Must Save Us' campaign that was launched by Closing the Health Gap. The goal is simple: to increase the awareness, build knowledge, and expand capacity to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable Black and Brown populations in Hamilton County.
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Third Round of Small Business Relief Grants
09/10/2021
Small Businesses in Hamilton County have a third chance to apply for funding through the Small Business Relief Grant Program. Starting next week, small businesses can apply for grants up to $10,000 to help offset business interruption costs caused by the pandemic.
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Hamilton County ARP Plan Annual Report
08/31/2021
Hamilton County lays out its plan to spend $158.7 million in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding. The County's plan is divided into projects that will be initiated in 2021 and projects that need additional stakeholder input.
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Hamilton County Disparity Study Public Meetings
08/09/2021
Your insights will help the County improve its efforts to increase contracting opportunities for small businesses and minority- and woman-owned businesses.
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CDC - Hamilton County Seeing Substantial Spread
08/02/2021
All of Hamilton County, including the City of Cincinnati have been identified as an area of "substantial spread" of COVID-19 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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County Has Millions In Aid For Rent and Utilities
07/28/2021
Federal Eviction Moratorium ends July 31, 2021 - Millions in assistance is still available through the Hamilton County Rent and Utility Relief Program.
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513 Small Business Assist Program Launches
07/14/2021
513 Small Business Assist to help those struggling to apply for federal, state, and local funds and who need one-on-one advice.
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Commissioners Resume In-Person Public Meetings
06/25/2021
Effective July 1, 2021, Hamilton County Commissioners are conducting in-person public meetings. The public is urged to participate in-person or virtually via zoom.
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Administrator Recommends Plan for Stimulus Funds
05/19/2021
Hamilton County Administrator unveils the Administration's recommended guidance for the use of the County's allocation of $158 million from the American Rescue Plan.
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Hamilton County Get Your Cincy On Kick-Off
05/13/2021
The Hamilton County Board of Commissioners, along with campaign partners, want to help bring the local economy back safely this summer, to show locals and visitors how hotels, shops and restaurants are safely reopening.
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May is Building Safety Month
05/03/2021
Building Safety Month is an international campaign that takes place in May to raise awareness about building safety.
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Ribbon Cutting on Coroner's Office and Crime Lab
05/03/2021
Hamilton County Coroner Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco and County Commissioners are celebrating the opening of the new Hamilton County Coroner's Office and Crime Laboratory.
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National Reentry Week
04/25/2021
During the week of April 26–30, we shine a light on the importance of reentry and the responsibility we all have to understand why reentry matters and how to set communities and neighbors up for success.
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513Relief.org Delivers COVID-19 Relief Options
03/10/2021
We know many Hamilton County residents are still struggling because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to make sure everyone can find the right help easily.
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Outdoor Warning Siren System Error
02/22/2021
The Hamilton County Outdoor Warning Sirens temporarily activated this morning as a result of an operator error during routine training.
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COVID Variant Detected in Hamilton County
02/22/2021
Hamilton County Public Health has been informed that surveillance discovered a COVID-19 variant in Hamilton County.
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COVID-19 Vaccine Registration Just Got A Lot Easier
01/15/2021
Health, business and elected leaders in Hamilton County and the City of Cincinnati are teaming up to provide a unified vaccination website.
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Rent and Utility Assistance Available
01/13/2021
Rent and Utility Assistance is still available in Hamilton County for renters financially impacted by COVID-19. HCJFS and Talbert House are accepting applications.
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Commissioners Elect Commission President and Vice President
01/05/2021
Hamilton County Commissioners Elect Commissioner Summerow Dumas President and Commissioner Reece as Vice President.
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2020

HamCo CARES School Reimbursement Program
11/20/2020
Hamilton County Commissioners are funding up to $7Million in CARES Act Grants for K-12 Schools within the County for COVID-19 related expenses.
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Hamilton County Public Health Issues Advisory
11/19/2020
Hamilton County Public Health issued an advisory for all Hamilton County residents to stay home whenever possible. Residents are encouraged to leave home for work, school, or essential needs, such as food or medical care.
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COVID-19 Resources for Women and Girls
11/19/2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically shifted our way of interacting with friends, family and the community with serious implications on our economy and health. The Women and Girls Commission wants to you to know that help is available.
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2021 Recommended General Fund Budget
11/11/2020
The Hamilton County Administrator unveiled the 2021 Recommended General Fund Budget that stabilizes the financial condition of the County in the wake of COVID-19
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HCDC Offers No Cost Sales Growth Help to HamCo Businesses
11/04/2020
Need help finding new sales opportunities for your business? HCDC’s Office of Innovation & Creativity can help. They have a team of researchers who uncover new sales leads customized for your business....and its free.
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Arts and Culture Organization Relief Program
10/08/2020
ArtsWave announces COVID-19 relief grants through Hamilton County CARES Arts and Culture Organization Relief Program.
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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
10/01/2020
Hamilton County Commissioners are recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The isolation involved in slowing COVID-19 may contribute to an increase in domestic violence.
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Voting Rights Campaign Targets Returning Citizens
09/30/2020
Hamilton County Office of Reentry is teaming up to spread awareness that returning citizens have the right to vote after they have served their felony sentence.
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Hamilton County Dog Warden Services Have Changed
09/29/2020
Dog Warden services in Hamilton County are now being operated by Cincinnati Animal CARE Humane Society.
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Census Deadline Looms
09/28/2020
Crunch Time To Ensure Everyone Counts In Cincinnati And Hamilton County. Regardless of end date, the time to act is now.
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Utility Assistance Programs for Hamilton County Residents
09/21/2020
Behind on your utility bills? There are programs that could help. Hamilton County even has a COVID-19 relief program if you've been impacted by the pandemic.
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Hamilton County CARES Small Business Relief Program Round Two
08/19/2020
Starting 8/24, small businesses in Hamilton County have a second chance to apply for funding through the Hamilton County CARES Small Business Relief Program to help offset losses during the COVID-19 crisis.
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Hamilton County CARES Nonprofit Relief Program
08/12/2020
Hamilton County Commissioners are helping local nonprofits continue to provide essential services to the community with up to $5.5 million in grants as a part of its CARES Act Plan.
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Hamilton County CARES Child Care Provider Relief Program
08/05/2020
Hamilton County CARES Child Care Provider Relief Program helps stabilize local child care centers. The County is using CARES Act funding to assist child care providers that were open with the State's temporary pandemic license.
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Hamilton County CARES COVID-19 Testing Announced
07/30/2020
Hamilton County is ramping up its COVID-19 testing strategy thanks to a partnership between Hamilton County, The Health Collaborative and several of our region’s leading health and healthcare institutions.
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Hamilton County CARES Rent and Utility Relief Program
07/24/2020
Struggling to pay rent or your utility bills due to #COVID19? There is help for eligible tenants who live in Hamilton County, OH.
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HCCC Successfully Tests Backup 911 Center Off-site
07/23/2020
After extensive planning, design and installation, Hamilton County Communications Center (HCCC) employees spent several hours effectively processing 911 and non-emergency telephone calls at the pop-up 911 center.
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Commissioners Declare Racism a Public Health Crisis
07/16/2020
Hamilton County Commissioners unanimously approve a resolution that declares racism a public health crisis and points to specific ways to ensure Hamilton County is a more equitable County.
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Masks On Hamilton County- Facial Masks Now Required in Ohio's Hot Spot Counties
07/08/2020
Hamilton County is under an order by the state to require masks in public. Starting on 7/8/2020 at 6pm, masks must be worn indoors and outdoors when social distancing isn't possible.
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Sharonville's Downtown Loop Streetscape Gets a Boost from HamCo Mini Planning Grant
07/01/2020
The City of Sharonville catapulted its plans into practice after the City Council recently approved the Downtown Loop Streetscape Master Plan that was funded in part by Hamilton County Planning + Development’s mini planning grant program.
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Commissioners Invite Public into Virtual Meetings
06/30/2020
Beginning Thursday, July 2nd, the Hamilton County Commissioners will begin inviting the public to join the virtual meetings for public comments.
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COVID-19 Cases Increase in SW Ohio
06/19/2020
COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Southwest Ohio and Hamilton County. With Father’s Day Weekend and family get-togethers upon us, it’s a good time to remind everyone to continue safe practices
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HamCo Office of Reentry Earns National Award
06/04/2020
Hamilton County Office of Reentry has been recognized with an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo). The awards honor innovative, effective county government programs that strengthen services for residents.
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Application Period for the Hamilton County Small Business Relief Program
05/20/2020
Small Businesses in Hamilton County that have been harmed during the COVID-19 crisis can apply to the Hamilton County Small Business Relief Program
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Sign Up for Email Updates on Hamilton County CARES Act Funding
05/08/2020
The County is utilizing $5 million of its CARES Act allotment for the first round of assistance, future rounds will be contemplated after a thorough evaluation of the program.
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Hamilton County Commissioner Creates a Young Adult and Youth Council
04/17/2020
A Hamilton County Commissioner is announcing a young adult and youth-led initiative to elevate young voices in COVID-19 response efforts.
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National Week of Community Development
04/13/2020
The National Week of Community Development highlights county-wide projects that have used CDBG and HOME funds to improve our region.
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Stay-At-Home Order Issued For All Ohioans
03/24/2020
Ohio Health Director Dr. Amy Acton has issued a Stay-At-Home order for all Ohioans. View the order or other Hamilton County closures and updates.
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Hamilton County Offices Take Action to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
03/24/2020
Hamilton County Officials are taking action to limit the spread of COVID-19 to protect residents, visitors and employees.
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Get Local COVID-19 Alerts on Your Phone
03/10/2020
Now is the time to prepare for the potential impact of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Sign up to get alerts and tips from Hamilton County officials regarding COVID-19.
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Hamilton County Heroin Coalition Rebrands
02/26/2020
The Hamilton County Heroin Coalition has a new name and released new numbers in their annual State of the Opioid Epidemic Report. Members unveiled the new name and logo for the Hamilton County Addition Response Coalition.
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The 2020 Census is right around the corner
02/14/2020
You'll be able to fill out the 2020 Census survey as early as March 12 even though the ceremonial Census Day isn't until April 1. Remember, the 2020 Census is safe, easy and important.
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HUD And VA Award CMHA Nearly $144,000
01/10/2020
HUD and VA award Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority nearly $144,000 to help homeless veterans find permanent homes.
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Commissioners Announce 2020 Evening Meetings
01/07/2020
In an effort to bolster public participation, Hamilton County Commissioners are holding monthly evening meetings in the communities they serve. Commissioner President Denise Driehaus proposed the evening community meetings to increase accessibility...
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No Rate Increase for 2020 Sewer Bills
01/02/2020
Sewer customers in Hamilton County will not see an increase in their 2020 bills. At their last meeting of the year, Hamilton County Commissioners approved the 2020 budgets for the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSD).
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2019

Photos: Commissioner Portune's Legacy of Perseverance
12/23/2019
He is one of the longest serving Commissioners in Hamilton County's history. Commissioner Todd Portune was first elected to the Board of County Commissioners in November of 2000. In September of 2019, Portune announced he was stepping down at the end of the year to battle cancer.
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County Modified MSD Capital Improvement Program
12/13/2019
This document presents Hamilton County’s five-year budget and plan for the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSD) 2020-2024 Capital Improvement Program (CIP).
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Apply Today for Hamilton County Census Jobs
12/11/2019
The U.S. Census is hiring thousands of temporary workers in Greater Cincinnati. Apply today! Census takers earn $23.50 an hour in Hamilton County.
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Shared Services Summit 2019
12/09/2019
On November 22nd over 70 representatives of local government and Hamilton County departments and agencies participated in Strengthening Communities Through Collaboration: A Shared Services Summit.
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Independent Financial Review: County "will require revenue enhancement in 2020.”
10/23/2019
Hamilton County Commissioners were presented with an outside accounting firm's preliminary results of a top-to-bottom financial assessment of the structural imbalance in the general fund budget.
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General Fund Budget Basics and Sales Tax
10/22/2019
Test your county budgeting knowledge with the Budget Basics Fact Sheet. Find out how the General Fund is used and how Hamilton County's sales tax compares to peer counties.
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Restoring 911 Service Rates for Communities
10/21/2019
How much will your community save? The 2020 Budget includes a reduction in 911 detail rates from $16 in 2019, to $10 in 2020, and $5 in 2021. This will allow communities to reinvest in other public safety areas. Check out the savings over 2 years. 
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Five Community Projects Awarded $600,000
10/16/2019
HCDC and Hamilton County Planning + Development are pleased to announce that $600,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds were awarded to five projects in Hamilton County.
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Become a Paid Poll Worker
10/15/2019
Become part of the elections process! The Hamilton County Board of Elections is actively recruiting folks to work the polls in November and beyond.
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Heroin Coalition Task Force Recognized
09/25/2019
Hamilton County Heroin Coalition Task Force was named “Task Force of the Year” by Ohio NARCO, a not-for-profit law enforcement association serving Ohio’s law enforcement community.
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2020 Administrator's Recommended Budget released
09/03/2019
The 2020 Administrator's Recommended General Fund Budget has been released, and is available on the Budget and Strategic Initiatives website.
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Hamilton County Planning + Development Awards Planning Grants
07/31/2019
Hamilton County Planning + Development (HCP+D) has awarded four jurisdictions a total of $100,000 in mini-planning grants from Hamilton County’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.
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Hamilton County Starts New Alternative Sentencing Program
06/28/2019
A first-of-its-kind Hamilton County program aimed at providing additional treatment services to low-level, non-violent offenders begins July 1, 2019..
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Commissioners Update Meeting Locations and Times
06/26/2019
The Board of County Commissioners change BOCC meetings to 1 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Every 3rd Thursday will convene at 6:30, at various locations throughout the county.
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Meet Our New Assistant County Administrator
05/24/2019
Hamilton County hires a new Assistant County Administrator. Holly Christmann has been named to fill a key leadership position that oversees several county departments.
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2019 Circle of Excellence Award Winners
05/06/2019
Public Service Recognition Week is a time set aside to pay tribute to the profession of public service and to recognize those individuals who have done an outstanding job during the year...
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Commission on Women & Girls Video Released in new Department Spotlight Series
04/25/2019
Meet the Women and Girls who are leading the way to ensure women have a seat at the table. The Commission on Women and Girls is a powerful platform to help turn rhetoric into action, it promotes and encourages women to seek...
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Lower Sewer Bill for Low-Income Seniors Coming Soon
04/23/2019
County Commissioners passed a resolution that provides a 25% discount to low-income seniors who qualify on their sewer bill. To be eligible, applicants must be 65 or older, own, occupy, pay bill, and make less than $32,800.
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2019 Building and Inspection Fees Released
01/14/2019
Fees for permits, inspections, certificates are covered by this fee schedule, as adopted by the Hamilton County Board of County Commissioners.
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