School Levy, Master Plan and Parking Garage - Why They Are Connected

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The Loveland City School District is asking voters to approve a HUGE tax levy - $16.73M - on November 5, 2019. The school district plans include construction of new buildings off of E Loveland Ave. These plans will affect the infrastructure within the City of Loveland. Add to the mix, the Loveland City Council’s majority - Mayor Kathy Bailey, Kent Blair, Rob Weisgerber, Ted Phelps, Tim Butler and Neil Oury - current pattern of spending taxpayer dollars and the final recommendations of the $128K taxpayer funded master plan that will add even more debt to the city budget. When does all of this become too much for the taxpayers?

On our latest podcast - School levy leads to city spending, which leads to higher taxes - we discuss how the school levy ask, master plan recommendations, and the parking garage expenditures are all intertwined. Join us, won’t you?

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When Is A Public Hearing Not Really A Public Hearing?

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The City of Loveland has called for a public hearing tonight - Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 7pm at city hall. The stated purpose “ to receive public comments on the proposed purchase of land to construct a parking facility.” The problem is the council already voted, via emergency on May 28, 2019 authorizing the city manager to buy the land. The real estate contract was included in the council meeting packet.  

Putting this obvious issue aside, there is also certain information that has not been distributed to the public, most notably the appraisal of the property. Is the land worth what the taxpayers are paying for it?

On our latest podcast - Problems with Parking and Public Hearings - we discuss these questions as well as the lack of information on the cost of the project, how the city plans to pay for it, revenue projections and the conflicting stated purpose of the development - council members have stated it is for a parking garage, however on page 5 of the geotehnical report, click here, states “ we expect the lot to be developed with up to 4 stories of commercial and residential structures.” Was this decision made during discussions conducted in back rooms and not in full view of the public? Conversations that Councilman Neil Oury said “ that Council has discussed options.” Join us, won’t you?

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What Is The Deal With The School Levy?

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The November 2019 Loveland election ballot will include a Loveland City School District tax levy. It is a big ask - 16.78 Mills. This is not a typo.

A letter sent to all loveland school district residents states that the school district is placing on the November 5th ballot a tax levy for 16.78 mills. The statement says the levy is a combined operating and permanent improvement bond levy. Click here to view press release. The last tax levy approved by taxpayers was in 2014 in the amount of 5.6 mills.

The school district is hoping the taxpayers approve this property tax increase. The schools press release states that the increase will cost a homeowner $49 month per $100K home value. The median home value is $257,966 ( according to neighborhoodscout.com) costing the average Loveland property owner $122.50 a month or $1,470 in increased taxes.

Our podcast - What Is The Deal With The School Levy? - tries to make sense of the proposed levy and asks the questions everyone seems to be asking. EoL also explains the difference between an operating levy and a improvement bond levy, and why this distinction is important. Unfortunately , the school press release did not provide a breakdown on the amount of the operating levy and the improvement bond.

There is also a discussion regarding city infrastructure and traffic impact, specifically on downtown Loveland. What is the cost to the city of loveland taxpayers since the school district plans to purchase the former Grailville property and build new school buildings on E. Loveland Ave? The majority of the school district students live in Hamilton County. That means school buses traveling through the downtown area. These are questions that need to be addressed to Loveland City Council members, it is not just a school issue. Join us, won’t you?

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Pamela Gross - Founder & CEO - Follow personally on Twitter @ lovelandpam

RD Kulik - Founder & COO - Hit him up on Twitter @ tattlerloveland

Forget It Taxpayer, It's Loveland Town

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The City of Loveland is going to build a new water line - taxpayers cost - $100K - to assist the development of a private neighborhood. Councilman Neal Oury said he has worked with the private developer on this issue. Should the Councilman have recused himself? He did not. He voted yes for the giveaway. Mayor Kathy Bailey told council members they could not discuss publicly certain specifics related to the decision. Is this normal?

At the 7/23/19 city council meeting, the council majority ( Bailey, Blair, Butler, Phelps, Oury) voted to spend $100K of taxpayers money ( dollars not budgeted) to install a water main line for a private development on Cedar Drive. This development consists of five new residential homes.

Our podcast - Forget it Taxpayer, It’s Loveland Town - we discuss the water line issue, background on the project, and why it’s not normal practice for taxpayers to pay for the infrastructure related to a private development. EoL also notes that this issue has never come up for public discussion prior to the July council vote. Why not? Councilman Neil Oury said “ I’ve been involved in this since November last year when owners of property came to me.” Click here to view council video. Go to minute mark 12:24 for start of water main legislation. Join us, won’t you?

A side note - there is a great movie - Chinatown - that centers around water issues ( in LA) and political corruption. It is where the title of our blog comes from, the main character is told “Forget it, Jake, it’s Chinatown.” If you’ve never seen the movie, check it out.

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RD Kulik - Founder & COO - Hit him up on Twitter @ tattlerloveland

What Is Going On With Taxpayers Money?

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Tonight Loveland OH council passed legislation to fund a private developers infrastructure. The Loveland City Council majority ( Bailey, Blair, Butler, Phelps, Oury) voted 5-1 to spend $100k of taxpayers money that is unbudgeted. Councilman Neal Oury said he has worked with the private developer on this issue. Should the Councilman have recused himself? He did not. He voted yes for the giveaway to his "friend.” Something doesn’t seem right here.

Our newest podcast will discuss this issue and how this council majority, led by Kathy Bailey has been spending alot of non budgeted taxpayer money. Our latest podcast will drop on Thursday. Join us, won’t you?

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Pamela Gross - Founder & CEO - Follow personally on Twitter @ lovelandpam

RD Kulik - Founder & COO - Hit him up on Twitter @ tattlerloveland

The Government Is Here To Solve The Parking Problem

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The nine most terrifying words in the English Language are, “ I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

On our latest podcast - Problems with Parking - we talk about the decision of the council majority - Kathy Bailey, Rob Weisgerber, Kent Blair, Ted Phelps, Tim Butler and Neil Oury - to spend $700K of taxpayer money for land that the city government will use to build a downtown parking garage. This government decision appears to jumpstart the recommendations of the master plan. A plan that has not been discussed, debated or voted on publicly.

Please join us for a fun and spirited conversation where we talk about who is going to build the garage, what is the cost, who benefits from it and why the city government should not be involved in the purchase of land or the development of private property. Join us, won’t you?

Sign up to receive regular updates and subscribe to our podcasts on iTunes,apple.com - eyeonloveland. Please follow us on twitter @eyeonloveland and facebook at eyeonloveland.  We would love to hear what you have to say so send us an email at eyeonloveland@gmail.com.

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Pamela Gross - Founder & CEO - Follow personally on Twitter @ lovelandpam

RD Kulik - Founder & COO - Hit him up on Twitter @ tattlerloveland