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The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held on


WEDNESDAY


November 14th, 2018 at 7:00 PM


***PLEASE NOTE: November meeting is one week earlier!***



at the 

Administration Building

3780 Shady Lane







 

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Large Water Rate Increase for Township and Village Residents and Businesses!

 

 

The Miami Township Board of Trustees has joined with other Townships in Hamilton County to secure


a fair increase for our residents.


But we need your help, please contact Hamilton County Commissioners and Cincinnati leaders


to voice your opposition!

 

Cincinnati City Council passed an ordinance that would allow Cincinnati Water Works


to raise prices for water service to Township and Village Residents and Businesses


43% higher than rates for Cincinnati Residents

 


Talking points:


1.       Hamilton County in 1987 negotiated a contract with the City of Cincinnati and their water utility, the Greater Cincinnati Water Works to supply water to township residents and businesses.

2.       Under that 1987 contract, current township residents and businesses pay the Greater Cincinnati Water Works a rate 25% higher than City of Cincinnati residents and businesses. Note that the County adds an additional 0.08% to the water rate to pay for fire hydrant repairs and infrastructure investments in the township water system.

3.       The Cincinnati City Council passed an ordinance on June 27, 2018 which allowed for the contract to expire on September 1, 2018 and to raise rates on township residents and businesses that would be 43% higher than city residents and businesses.  After September 1st the Greater Cincinnati Water Works would be serving the townships without a contract.

4.       On August 30, 2018, Judge Ruhlman issued a temporary restraining order keeping the 1987 contract in force and water rates at current levels for township residents and businesses.  A hearing is scheduled for September 12th to determine if the temporary order will be made permanent.

5.       The County has been attempting for two years to negotiate a new agreement with the City and Greater Cincinnati Water Works.  The City has made the following claims which the county has disputed.

a.       City has claimed it costs 43% more to serve the townships.  The County has asked the City to provide the financial data to prove their position.  The City has refused to provide the data.

b.      The City has contracts with the cities and villages throughout Hamilton County charging them a water rate 25% higher than city residents.  Their contracts run until the year 2047.  The City wants to charge townships a rate 43% higher than city residents.  The County has asked the City to explain why it costs less to serve the cities when in order for the water to reach many of those cities have to flow through townships first.  The City has not provided an answer.

c.       The City states that in 2004 they made an offer to the County to extend the current contract to 2047.  The City’s offer included contingencies which the City knew at the time they made the offer would have negatively impacted the County’s finances and revenues.   The City’s statement is disingenuous because they knew in 2004 that the County could not take up the offer because of contingencies the City put on the offer.

d.      The City claims that their financial expert, Raftelis Financial Consultants Inc. has determined that charging a rate 43% higher to the townships is justified.  The County has pointed out to the City that they are misinterpreting the data in the Raftelis report.  For a utility the size of Greater Cincinnati Water Works serving the number of customers its services, the report shows a rate near 25% higher is appropriate.  In fact the report specifically states, “The 1.25x multiplier (35% differential) charged to Hamilton County customers is consistent with the data from utilities across the country.”

e.      The City has stated they carry the risk of owning and operating the utility including any regulatory costs and unpaid debt.  This is not true.  Those costs are real, but are paid by the utility which spreads the costs across all ratepayers meaning all customers inside and outside the City.  Everyone who pays a Greater Cincinnati Water Works bill shares in the risk and the costs, not the City of Cincinnati.

f.        The City has claimed that the City residents are subsidizing County customers.  This is not true.  As the population of the City has declined and the economic base has shifted away from manufacturing the City found itself with an overbuilt utility.  Rather than raise rates on city residents to pay the cost of an overbuilt system, they used the excess capacity to sell water outside the City.  This was a smart business decision because it kept rates lower for city residents by using revenue from customers outside the city to help pay utility costs.  Clearly customers outside the city are helping to keep water rates inside the city lower.

g.       The current water contract provided that at the end of the contract’s term the City and County were to appoint members to a task force.  The task force was to study among other things “the ascertainment of a fair basis of determining future water rates as between City and non-City customers” and to make recommendations to the City and County for terms in the next water contract.  Though the City did originally appoint members to the task force, half way through the process, the City has refused to provide the task force with data or let the task force meet to fulfill its responsibilities under the contract.  The County is asking that the task force be allowed to do the job the City and County agreed to in the 1987 water service contract.


Hamilton County Board of Commissioners

Office 513-946-4400

Todd Portune            Todd.Portune@hamilton-co.org  

Denise Driehaus     Denise.Driehaus@hamilton-co.org   

Chris Monzel            Chris.Monzel@hamilton-co.org        


City of Cincinnati

Mayor John Cranley                mayor.cranley@cincinnati-oh.gov     513-352-3250

Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman   christopher.smitherman@cincinnati-oh.gov

                                                                                                                513-352-3464

Tamaya Denard        tamaya.dennard@cincinnati-oh.gov  513-352-5205

Greg Landsman       greg.landsman@cincinnati-oh.gov    513-352-3532

David Mann              david.mann@cincinnati-oh.gov        513-352-4611

Amy Murray               amy.murray@cincinnati-oh.gov         513-352-3640

Jeff Pastor                 jeff.pastor@cincinnati-oh.gov            513-352-5243

Chris Seelbach        chris.seelbach@cincinnati-oh.gov     513-352-5210

P.G. Sittenfeld          pg.sittenfeld@cincinnati-oh.gov        513-352-5280

Wendell Young        Wendell.young@cincinnati-oh.gov    513-352-3466


State Senator

Lou Terhar                terhar@ohiosenate.gov                    614-466-8068


State Representative

Louis Blessing           rep29@ohiohouse.gov                    614-466-9091

 







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Year-Round Recycling Outlets


Year-Round Recycling Outlets

Several organizations and stores throughout Hamilton County offer electronics recycling year-round. For a complete list of electronics recycling outlets, visit HamiltonCountyRecycles.org.

 


Items generally accepted include:
monitors, CPUs, printers, televisions, fax machines, main frames, laptops, mice, keyboards, speakers, scanners, personal copiers, printers, cables, chips, circuit boards, back up batteries, cell phones, cameras, CD/DVD players, electronic game devices, GPS units, telephones, video equipment, and PDAs

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