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Green Party of Northeastern Ohio hosts community meeting in Ohio City

Green Party of Northeastern Ohio hosts community meeting in Ohio City by Bruce Checefsky (Plain Press, June 2019)   Despite living below the poverty level twice in the past decade, David Ellison believes the Green Party provides an opportunity to represent the best hope for America’s future.    “As you may not know, the Green Party is a value-based political party. … Continue reading

Cogswell Hall Executive Director Diana Cyganovich to retire

Cogswell Hall Executive Director Diana Cyganovich to retire (Plain Press, June 2019)   Cogswell Hall Executive Director Diana Cyganovich will retire on June 30thafter nearly four decades of advocating with and for low-income adults, domestic-violence victims, young people and families.    As executive director of Cogswell Hall at 7200 Franklin Boulevard since 2002, Cyganovich led years of expansion … Continue reading

Pilot program calls for investments to establish Clark Fulton as a mixed income neighborhood

Pilot program calls for investments to establish Clark Fulton as a mixed income neighborhood by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, June 2019)   Metro West Managing Director Ricardo León and Metro West Director of Community Engagement Adam Gifford announced at a kickoff meeting on May 8ththat the City of Cleveland has designated the Clark Fulton neighborhood as the … Continue reading

Cuyahoga County officials offer Tax Reassessment/Outreach to Homeowners

Cuyahoga County officials offer Tax Reassessment/Outreach to Homeowners by Bruce Checefsky (Plain Press, April 2019)Out numbering homeowners in a display of unflinching determination, Cuyahoga County representatives lined the meeting room at Westshore Opportunity Center on February 20th with folding tables and chairs, brightly colored banners, and packets of information to assist local residents seeking relief … Continue reading

Cuyahoga County officials offer Tax Reassessment/Outreach to Homeowners

by Bruce Checefsky Out numbering homeowners in a display of unflinching determination, Cuyahoga County representatives lined the meeting room at Westshore Opportunity Center on February 20th with folding tables and chairs, brightly colored banners, and packets of information to assist local residents seeking relief for their recent property tax assessments. Among the county departments on … Continue reading

CLASH begins to collect signatures for ballot initiative to make rental housing lead safe

(Plain Press, March 2019)Cleveland Lead Safe Advocates for Safe Housing (CLASH) announced they are prepared to gather signatures to place a proposed Lead Safe Housing initiative on the November ballot. The announcement came as part of a February 4thPress Conference held by CLASH member organizations at the office of Organize! Ohio. The group released a … 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

Proposed development stirs disagreement over voting rights at Lincoln Heights Block Club Meeting

by Bruce Checefsky (Plain Press, February 2019)          Josh Rosen, a partner in Sustainable Community Associates, wanted tostay on message when he presented plans for a new residential housingdevelopment at 1633 Auburn Avenue across the street from the WagnerAwing Building in Tremont. Seated at a large round table in the basement of St. Augustine Churchon … Continue reading

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