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Changes suggested for Butler County jail facilities: Could 3 become 1?

The Butler County sheriff has the largest general fund budget by far and the county commissioners are seeking ways to offset the proposed $44 million cost for next year. → Read More

Butler County RTA won’t suspend routes despite shortages

Despite a driver shortage the Butler County Regional Transit Authority board has decided not to suspend some routes because they don’t want to leave people stranded. → Read More

Special prosecutor assigned to Butler County auditor investigation; civil lawsuit filed

The investigation into whether Butler County Auditor Roger Reynolds has done anything wrong in trying to get $1 million in public funds for mandated road improvements to facilitate the sale of his father’s property now has a special prosecutor assigned, and a civil lawsuit has been filed against him and others. → Read More

Butler County officials considering water rate hike after new cost with Hamilton

Butler County water and sewer customers haven’t seen a rate hike in more than a dozen years but now officials are considering an increase because the cost to buy water from Hamilton is going up around 3.25%. → Read More

Giant $250 million mixed-use development coming to West Chester Twp.

Many people have tried and failed to develop 99 acres east of Interstate 75 at Union Centre Boulevard in West Chester Twp., it seems success is finally on the horizon with preliminary plan approval for the $250 million North Pointe development. → Read More

Butler County officials nearing deal to help struggling Liberty Center

Butler County officials say they understand Liberty Center is struggling due to the pandemic and a deal is in the works to possibly amend original agreements to ease the financial strain on the center, but they won’t give away the store. → Read More

Butler County still has $7.7M to help struggling renters

Social services agencies, eviction courts and landlords all helping renters access what is left of $11.4 million Butler County received to help people struggling to pay rent and utilities due to the pandemic. → Read More

Butler County governments ask county for additional ARP funding

Every Butler County governmental entity received a slice of federal American Rescue Plan funding but some are still looking for more money from the county commissioners to fund a host projects. → Read More

Pandemic hurting homeless situation in Butler County: What to know

Butler County entities that help the homeless say the pandemic has compounded issues those people face and things could get worse now that the eviction moratorium has been lifted, but help might be on the way. → Read More

West Chester Twp. trustees agree to new union contracts

West Chester Twp. sealed new union deals with their police and fire dispatchers and road crews this week, agreements that will cost $73,811 over three years in raises for 34 township employees. → Read More

A new Kroger Marketplace could end West Chester seniors’ plans for gathering space again

A deal with Kroger to build a giant Marketplace store that appeared to die last year may be back on, which could dash the hopes of a group of seniors who want dedicated space for them to gather. → Read More

Butler County Vet Board adds new dental benefit for veterans

The Butler County Veterans Service Commission passed a $3 million budget for next year, that includes a 15% reduction in personnel costs with the Middletown office closure and a new dental benefit for vets. → Read More

Butler County commissioners voice concerns over $7.5 million homeless shelter project

The Serve City homeless shelter in Hamilton has a $7.5 million plan to “build a best in class service organization” in Hamilton but the commissioners voiced serious concerns about sustainability. → Read More

Liberty Center sues business for never opening In the Game site there

Liberty Center has sued Illinois-based Family Entertainment Group LLC for $850,000 because it violated its contract by never moving In the Game into the $350 million mega mixed use mall development. → Read More

Butler Tech’s $24M funding request for new facilities gains support

The Butler County commissioners have heard all but about three proposals for nearly $75 million in American Rescue Plan funding and the plan to build two new vocational school campuses is the largest ask and has the most vocal support. → Read More

Butler County commissioners sometimes testy over $75 million ARP funds decisions

The Butler County has been holding work sessions on how to spend $75 million in American Rescue Plan money and some discussions have turned a little testy as the commissioners endeavor to make monumental decisions. → Read More

Butler County agrees to $14 million property value drop for Liberty Center

Butler County has agreed to reduce the property value of mega mall Liberty Center by $14 million rather than the mall owner’s request for a $58 million value drop. → Read More

Butler County property tax collections called ‘highest ever,’ pass $560 million

Property taxes in Butler County totaled $587.6 million this year, an 8% increase due in part to a mandatory 2020 reassessment, other tax receipts are also healthy but officials vow to spend conservatively. → Read More

Butler County commissioners hear pitch for $17.3 million in social services projects

Several Butler County agencies are looking for $17.3 million of the commissioners’ federal rescue windfall to help the homeless, mentally ill, seniors, teens, kids with dental issues and food issues spurred by the pandemic. → Read More

‘Now we’re all bold faced liars’ Afghanistan vet says about retreat

The Butler County Vet Board is reaching out to clients to make sure they are faring alright in the wake of the devastating suicide bombing that killed 13 Thursday, board members themselves are struggling. → Read More