Cuyahoga County

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Cleveland Women’s March offers a colorful display of unity and diversity

by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, February 2019)          Women from throughout Greater Cleveland converged on Public Square in downtown Cleveland for the Cleveland Women’s March on a cold wintry January 19. The march was one of many Women’s Marches being held throughout the United States. The Marches began three years ago the day after the … Continue reading

Property tax abatements need re-examination in light of impact on property tax valuations

by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, February 2019)          Residents of neighborhoods with a large number of new and substantially rehabbed houses, like Tremont (Southside) and Ohio City say they have been particularly hard hit by recent property valuations that have substantially increased their property tax bills. For many low-or-moderate income homeowners, the increases will cause … Continue reading

Cuyahoga County Board of Revision taking 2018 property valuation complaints

(Plain Press, February 2019)          Following the 2018 sexennial reappraisal and concerns from property owners that their property values have risen, Cuyahoga County residents may now submit valuation complaints to the Board of Revision (BOR). Taxpayers have until April 1, 2019 to file a complaint. “Filing a complaint with the Board of Revision is your opportunity … Continue reading

Property tax discrepancy exists between assessed value and sales value

To the editor: (Plain Press, February 2019)          How can there be such a discrepancy between what properties are assessed atand what they are actually selling for?  How do we find an equitable meansof determining value?  Further how did we get duped into the mythological mantra of “location, location, location”?  I fail to see the … Continue reading

Cuyahoga County Office of Reentry Receives $1 Million Department of Justice Second Chance Act Grant

(January 2019, Plain Press)           The Cuyahoga County Office of Reentry (OOR) announced on December 13, 2018 that it was awarded a $1 million Department of Justice grant through the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) for Second Chance Act (SCA) funding. The SCA is a grant program that supports state, local and tribal governments, as well … Continue reading

Residents seek information on how to challenge property tax assessments

by Bruce Checefsky (January 2019, Plain Press)           Jordan Perme and Chris Lees bought a one-family home on Literary Road in Tremont five and a half years ago. Their property tax assessment increased 17% over the next four years. This year alone, it increased more than 25%. “I don’t think they did a thorough job with … Continue reading

Southside resident fears losing longtime family home

To the editor: (January 2019, Plain Press)           My family has made Tremont/or the Southside our home for over 100 years.  We have had 17 family members born from this home. This is our generational home. My parents, my mother being the eldest, had the birthright of living in the vacant apartment when they were … Continue reading

Citizens United for Tax Fairness plans another meeting to explain process of challenging property tax appraisals

(Plain Press, November 2018)        In late August, Citizens United for Tax Fairness (CUTF) held a public meeting to address what many homeowners felt were unfair appraisals of their properties by Cuyahoga County. CUTF also hoped that Cuyahoga County officials attending the meeting could address confusing information about how homeowners could challenge their property tax evaluations.    CUTF … Continue reading

Cuyahoga County Provides Funding for Temporary Housing and Substance Abuse Treatment Services for Homeless Men

(Plain Press, November 2018)        Cuyahoga County announced it is continuing its efforts to provide temporary housing and Alcohol and Other Drug treatment for homeless men. In October, the County’s Board of Control approved a $70,000 contract amendment with Stella Maris, bringing the total contract amount to $265,000. Stella Maris provides temporary housing for homeless men referred … Continue reading

Homeowner comments on property values in her neighborhood that have gone down

To the Editor: (Plain Press, October 2018)           I read with interest the article Chuck Hoven wrote regarding the newly appraised home values in Cuyahoga County. Unlike the Tremont area where property values spiked in an inconsistent manner, the property values from my home and in my general neighborhood have gone down. This seems like it is … Continue reading