Please remember when you renew your vehicle license to know that your residence is within Hamilton Township and not where you receive your mail. Hamilton Township has postal addresses in Goshen, Loveland, South Lebanon, Morrow, and Maineville, but area all within the boundaries of Hamilton Township and have different zip codes.
When you give your postal address you are loosing$7.50 from every license plate to your village address area that could have been returned to Hamilton Township for maintenance of your roadways.
The $7.50 is a license tax that is from the Township and Warren County. The Township is $5.00 and the County is $2.50.
Welcome to the inaugural edition of our new quarterly newsletter. We look forward to bringing you snippets and updates of the happenings in your Township.
Duke Energy warns customers about bill payment scam
Company is seeing an increase in reports; scam is expanding
Duke Energy is seeing an increase in reports from customers in the region about a utility bill payment scam and is urging its Ohio and Kentucky customers to be alert.
Under the scam, a customer receives an unsolicited phone call from an individual who falsely claims to be a Duke Energy representative. The caller falsely warns that Duke Energy will disconnect the customer’s electric service if the customer fails to make an immediate payment – usually within one hour. The caller instructs the customer to purchase a prepaid debit card – widely available at retail stores – then tells the customer to call back to supposedly make a payment to Duke Energy. The caller asks the customer for the prepaid debit card’s receipt number and PIN number, giving the caller instant access to the card’s funds and the ability to immediately drain its balance. In some instances the caller may even demand the money or prepaid card be delivered to an address.
“The scammers have become more sophisticated and the caller ID on your phone might even state that it is a call from Duke Energy,” said Jim Holstein, manager of Duke Energy’s Midwest Call Center Operations. “In reality, Duke Energy never asks or requires customers who have delinquent accounts to purchase a prepaid debit card to avoid electric service disconnection.”
Customers can make payments online, by phone, by automatic bank draft, by mail or in person.
Duke Energy customers who have delinquent accounts receive an advance disconnect notification with their regular monthly billing – never just a single notification one hour before disconnection.
The company urges customers who suspect or experience fraud to hang up and call local police, then call Duke Energy in Ohio/Kentucky at 1-800-544-6900. Customers should not use the telephone number provided by the scammer.
Duke Energy Ohio/Kentucky’s operations provide electric service to about 840,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in a 3,000-square-mile service area and natural gas service to approximately 500,000 customers.
2015 Safest Places in Ohio Study
“Ohio is the seventh most populous state in America. How does it stack up in terms of safety? We pored over the most recent FBI crime statistics to determine how the towns stack up to each other. Our analysis of nearly 230 municipalities in the Buckeye State left us with some interesting results. Predictably, many of the largest cities in the state ranked low on our list by fairly wide margins (the scores ranged from 67 to 5,381), but the safest town in our study fell into the “midsized” bucket unlike the other 4 small cities that rounded out the Top 5.” See the full article here: http://www.valuepenguin.com/2015/01/2015-safest-cities-ohio-study
Hamilton Township has a community aggregation rate for natural gas and electric. The current three year, fixed rate for electric is 5.41 cents pkw/h good until July 2017. You may call to join the program by calling First Energy Solutions at 1-888-254-6359. The Township purchases natural gas from IGS on a variable monthly rate. You may join this program by calling 1-888-995-0992.
Energy Choice Ohio
Just as you shop for other products and services, you may also be able to shop for an energy supplier. With choice, energy customers from large manufacturers to residential homeowners are able to shop for energy options from a diverse group of competitive suppliers certified by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO). As more suppliers are offering their services in your area, you have the opportunity to choose the company that supplies the generation of your electricity and supplies your natural gas. You can visit this website at: http://www.energychoice.ohio.gov/
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) can help resolve problems that arise between consumers and utility companies under PUCO jurisdiction. If you have a problem or a complaint about your utility service, please contact your utility company first and ask to speak with a customer service representative. If your concern is not resolved, call the PUCO toll-free at: (800) 686-PUCO (7826). For more information visit PUCO at their website: www.puco.ohio.gov