Sales Tax Fund

On March 19, 1996 voters approved a one-half cent increase in the County Sales Tax. This increase was used to pay for all obligations related to Paul Brown Stadium and Great American Ball Park.  This includes (but is not limited to) debt service, property tax rebate, stadium operations, stadium capital repairs and maintenance, as well as PILOT payments to Cincinnati Public Schools.

The sales tax documents below outline the costs associated with the above obligations. These documents also contain projections on future fund balances, which are based on assumptions related to sales tax collections and estimated expenditures in each fund.  

As of October 2020, Hamilton County levies the 0.5% riverfront sales tax and 0.75% for general operations. The regional transit authority levies 0.8%. The balance of the local sales tax is levied by the State of Ohio. Please consult the Ohio Department of Taxation for the latest sales tax rate information.



Sales tax collections are handled by the State Department of Taxation  .
The state business taxpayer assistance line is (888) 405-4039.

For email alerts related to tax rate changes, sign up at this link.  

New Hamilton County vendors should contact the Auditor's office regarding licensing requirements for sales tax collections.  Please call (513) 946-4106.

For inquiries about Hamilton County sales tax revenue, contact:

John P. Bruggen, Budget Director 

138 E. Court Street, Room 603
Cincinnati, OH 45202

PH: (513) 946-4316
[email protected]