Monday, March 31, 2014

Why do we need to approve JEDZ?

IPORTANT INFORMATION FOR THE RESIDENTS
 AND BUSINESSES OF SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP 

On May 6th, you will be asked to make  a very important decision at the election polls, one that will significantly impact your community and how it can serve you.  

Over the past few years, and with great consequence, the Ohio State Legislature eliminated certain taxes and voted to keep a higher percentage of your tax dollars that had previously been returned to the Township and used to provide your services. As a result, Springfield Township’s General Fund operating revenues have been cut by 53%.  Because we anticipated some of these budget cuts (but not all), the Springfield Township Board of Trustees reduced operational expenditures by 35%.

However, it’s not enough. Despite these actions to reduce General Fund expenditures by more than one-third, we are still faced with the decision of either pursuing a way to replace revenue or making further reductions in expenditures by approximately $1 million dollars.  

The Board believes that further expenditure and service reductions will cause irreparable damage to the Township and negatively affect property values and the quality of life for Township residents and business owners.  Increasing revenues, on the other hand, will allow us to move forward with the implementation of the Township’s Comprehensive Neighborhood Master Plan. This plan expands economic development opportunities for our community through the revitalization of our neighborhoods, preservation of important resident services, and funding of vital infrastructure projects.

The result of implementing the Comprehensive Neighborhood Master Plan will be an improved economic situation for the community. In other words, businesses and residents alike, will ultimately benefit.

So, how do we replace the necessary revenues? As a Township, we are limited by State law to only two choices. We can propose a property tax increase or a Joint Economic Development Zone/District (JEDZ/JEDD).  

We understand the current tax burden of Springfield Township property owners and do not want to propose additional property taxes for General Fund needs at this time. Also, because of the pressing need to improve economic conditions in the Township, creating a Joint Economic Development Zone (JEDZ) offers the most direct route toward economic development.

Please take some time to read the enclosed information and learn about this critical decision that will shape your community for years to come.  Then, please be sure to vote on May 6th.  Additional information is available on the Township website atwww.springfieldtwp.org or call 522-1410 to have your questions answered.
Sincerely,

Your Springfield Township Board of Trustees
Mark Berning                                     
Joseph Honerlaw                         
Gwen McFarlin    

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WHAT IS SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP’S PROPOSED JOINT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ZONE (JEDZ)?

Utilizing existing state law, the Township is proposing to partner with the City of Mt. Healthy to create a joint economic development zone (JEDZ).  The designated zone includes properties in Springfield Township where businesses are located and/or individuals work, excluding home-based businesses.

The JEDZ will enable the collection of a 1.5% payroll/earnings tax on businesses and individuals who work in the zone.  As required by law, the City of Mt. Healthy must collect the tax and allocate the revenue between the Township and the City based on the percentage outlined in the agreement.

The City of Mt. Healthy provided the Township with the most advantageous partnership agreement and gives Springfield Township the best option for future long-term collaborations aimed at reducing costs and dependency on property taxes.


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WHY IS THE JEDZ BEING PROPOSED?

• The Township’s General Fund operating revenue has been reduced by 53% due to actions taken by the Ohio State Legislature.

• While the Township has reduced General Fund operational expenditures by 35%, the need to replace revenues by approximately $1 million still remains in order to prevent further budget cuts that could negatively affect property values and the quality of life for Township residents and business owners.

• The JEDZ will allow the Township to implement the critical improvement strategies outlined in the Comprehensive Neighborhood Master Plan, which means expanding economic development opportunities, revitalizing our neighborhoods, preserving important resident services, and funding  infrastructure projects.

• Understanding the current tax burden of Springfield Township property owners, Trustees do not want to propose additional property taxes for General Fund needs at this time.

• Many employees travel into Springfield Township each day and use and benefit from services that property owners in the Township pay for.  Additionally, nearly 30% of the property in the Township is owned by a non-profit entity, which is tax-exempt and pays no property tax, but these entities also benefit from and use Township services.  For these reasons, the Board of Trustees feels that the JEDZ is the most fair and equitable way to replace the necessary revenue to enable the Township to move forward with vital economic development efforts and maintain important resident services.  
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WHAT HAPPENS IF THE JEDZ IS NOT APPROVED BY VOTERS ON MAY 6th?

• If no alternative methods of funding are identified, the Springfield Township Board of Trustees will have to consider increasing resident property taxes or making significant budget cuts.

• The lack of funding will reduce the Township’s ability to implement important economic development strategies and will require significant cuts to the services that assist the Township in recruiting new businesses, development projects, and homeowners.

 Budget cuts may include a reduction in snow removal, road repair, nuisance property enforcement, as well as the closing of the Senior & Community Arts Center and several Township parks.
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 Further information can be found atwww.springfieldtwp.org/jedz

Please call 513-522-1410 for questions.
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Thursday, March 20, 2014

ATTENTION WALKERS OR RUNNER!

Finneytown Boosters is holding  their 2nd Annual Wildcat 5k run  on April 5th.

Visit https://register.runningtime.net to register early!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Coyote Sightings!

Hello Neighbors!

A couple of nights this week Kevin, Sandy, & I have heard coyotes howling in the woods behind our house. Has anyone else heard or seen coyotes in the neighborhood? Anyone with small children or pets should be careful!

A Cat Needs A Home & TLC ...

Hi!  You can call me “Lucky”.

Over the new year I made friends with two special people who have given me a warm bed and food to fill my tummy during these freezing weeks.  I give them lots of love and really appreciate their love! They like me a lot but they have two cats of their own and, well, their cats told them that "three's a crowd!”

Would you like to love me and give me a forever loving home?  I'm a male kitty, about one year old and I'm soft and friendly. If you're looking for a kitty cat and have the heart to want me, give a ring to - tele# 368-3231



SUPPORT FINNEYTOWN PTA BY BUYING FLOWER/VEGETABLE VOUCHERS & SAVE!

RIGHT CLICK ON PICTURE TO PRINT ON YOUR COMPUTER OR GO ONLINE TO:
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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Dinner and Show News!


Finneytown High School will explore uncharted territory this winter when it presents the student version of LES MISÉRABLES. Director Shawn Maus "dreamed a dream" years ago that students would someday mount a full-scale production of LES MISÉRABLES. That dream will be realized on January 30 through February 1, 2014. This powerful tale is a story of hope, redemption, and love. Epic, grand and uplifting, LES MISÉRABLES packs an emotional wallop that has thrilled audiences all over the world.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and $8 for students.

FMPA invites you to enjoy unlimited spaghetti dinner by LaRosa’s, desserts donated by your neighbors, and entertainment by Finneytown’s finest musicians. On Friday, January 31st from 5-7PM, the Multipurpose Room is transformed into an Italian restaurant and nightclub. Take it easy, feed the family cheaply, and get a great parking place for the Finneytown High School theatre production of LES MISÉRABLES, which follows at the William Swartzel Performing Arts Center. Between bites and while you enjoy the music, browse the Bid-and-Buy tables! You can pick up some great deals while supporting the work of FMPA.

For more information click here.

To Order tickets for the dinner on line click here.

Get your tickets for the FHS Theater Performance HERE

Sunday, January 12, 2014

NEXTDOOR FINNEYTOWN




Welcome to Nextdoor Finneytown, the private website for Finneytown residents. Great neighborhoods are built through the support of residents like you! 

Soon you'll start getting updates from your neighbors at viewplacenews@yahoo.com. 

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Message from Gracepoint Church

Dear View Place Neighbors,


Just stopping by to say an official 'Happy New Year' to everyone.  As some of you may know, my wife our two boys and I came to Finneytown & the view place community several months ago this year to assume the new pastoral role at Grace Point Church here in the view place community.  in the short time that we have been here we have so enjoyed meeting so many of you as we are getting adjusted.  I want to thank Joe Gorman and the other members of the civic association for be-friending me.  

We were so excited to be a small part of helping families in our community during this holiday season, and now that things are a bit more in order, we are preparing to launch some great community programs in 2014!

We pray the best for all in this New Year

David Bryan

Pastor, Grace Point Church, 

7630 View Place Dr.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45224
513.761.4748

Time to Renew your FCA Membership

FINNEYTOWN CIVIC
ASSOCIATION
PO 317696 Cincinnati, OH 45231
December 16, 2013
Dear FCA members,
It is time to renew your membership in the Finneytown Civic Association for 2014. Your continued support is crucial to the success of the FCA. We have worked hard to bring issues forward, such as property maintenance, housing values, schools, safety, roads, support of businesses through our Cash Mob project, and, working with the Springfield Township government. We do this through public meetings, our web site (fcaontheweb.org), and, our long-running Meet-the-Candidate’s Night.
 
The more members we have, the stronger the impact we have on our community. The FCA encourages you to get involved on a committee or as a trustee. Your input is important to the future of Finneytown.
 
The membership dues ($10/person) have not changed for many years. Please consider an annual family membership for only $20.
 
Your support enables the Association to carry out our mission of “Working to Keep Finneytown a Great Place to Live”.
 
Also, consider supporting to the Steve Elliott Community Service Scholarship, which annually recognizes the community service of two graduating seniors from Finneytown High School.
 
Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us:
·         Nancy McGuire (Membership Chairperson) at 521-2145
·         Rhoda and Dick Meyer (Treasurer) at 522-0547
 
Membership Form:
Name(s):__________________________________________________________­­­­­­_­­­­
Address:____________________________________________________________
Phone:_________________ E-mail:______________________________________
We will be sending the newsletter via email unless instructed otherwise.
 
Dues:  $10/Person   $20/family per calendar year                                $_________
Contribution: Steve Elliott Student Community Service Award         $_________
Total:       (Please make checks to the Finneytown Civic Association $_________
 
Mail to: FCA Membership, P.O. Box 317696, Cincinnati, Ohio 45231
 
Consider joining a Committee or serving as a Board Member:
Land Use and Zoning____           Membership____            Township Liaison____
Newsletter____                           Business Liaison____       Technology____
Officer or Trustee____                Schools ____                    Social____
 
President Joseph Gorman can be reached at jgorman@fuse.net or (513) 325-5202.



Joseph T. Gorman, Community Organizer,
Camp Washington Community Board, Inc.

(513) 542-1637; (513) 325-5202 cell
www.camp-washington.org 


Neighborhood News

Beverly Dean, daughter of Jeff and Lyn Dean on View Place Dr., graduated from Alaska Pacific University on December 14th, 2013. She earned a bachelors in education. Jeff and Lyn just returned from Anchorage where they attended the graduation and had all kinds of other fun!


Jake Garrett, son of Katie and Aaron Garrett, is our new Hilltop News Carrier.  Hilltop News is an invaluable means to stay connected to the community. Following in the footsteps of previous neighborhood carriers, he would appreciate your support and  call Hilltop to subscribe to the newspaper. As you know, it's challenging doing the collection around the neighborhood.  Some kids in other neighborhoods have shorter walks, sidewalks, and densely populated routes.  So when our View Place kids take on this responsibility to collect, show your support by saying hello and being patient.



Volunteers Needed for Flower Boxes with Decorations

Dear Neighbors,

The flower boxes around the neighborhood have been maintained by a handful of neighbors.  During the holiday season, I am requesting that a volunteer step up to maintain a flower box near their intersection and do the following during the holidays.  Currently, we need 10 volunteers to maintain the boxes for the holidays.

1) Carefully remove and roll up the ribbon neatly to recycle for next year.  The ribbons are expensive to replace, but they are durable and will last if care is used in storing.     

2)  Remove the "greenery" and decorative bulbs and put in a container until after Thanksgiving. 

3) The weekend following Thanksgiving, take the contents out of your container to decorate the boxes. 

4)  If you have any questions, contact Viewplacenews@yahoo.com or 821-5714. 

Monday, December 09, 2013

I-75 Lane Closures...

Interstate 75 lane closures scheduled

Hamilton County (Monday, Dec. 9, 2013) – Bridge work will require the following lane closures on southbound Interstate 75, just north of Galbraith Road, the week of Dec. 16.

Monday, Dec. 16: Left lane closed at 8 p.m. with a second lane closure at 11 p.m.; both lanes open to traffic by 5 a.m. Tuesday.

Tuesday, Dec. 17:  Right lane closed at 8 p.m. with a second lane closure at 11 p.m.; both lanes open to traffic by 5 a.m. Wednesday.

Wednesday, Dec. 18:  Right lane closed at 8 p.m. with a second lane closure at 11 p.m.; both lanes open to traffic by 5 a.m. Thursday.

Thursday, Dec. 19:  Right lane closed at 8 p.m. with a second lane closure at 11 p.m.; both lanes open to traffic by 5 a.m. Friday.

Arrow boards and/or signs will be in place to alert motorists of the upcoming lane closure.

To help ensure the safety of the construction workers as well as the traveling public, motorists should remain alert, reduce their speed and watch for stopped traffic while passing through the work zone.

Ohio’s highways are essential to keeping and creating new jobs.  With a mission to provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is responsible for maintaining one of the largest transportation networks in the nation.  Guided by ethical principles and accountability, ODOT works to improve safety, enhance travel and advance economic development.  As a $2.8 billion enterprise, the department wisely invests in its core services of snow and ice removal, annual construction program and highway maintenance operations.

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For more information contact:
Sharon Smigielski, Public Information Officer, at (513) 933-6511
Liz Lyons, Public Information Specialist, at (513) 933-6534

Friday, December 06, 2013

Snow Removal?

Contact Donna  at 821-5714

For View Place Senior Citizens Only ...

If you are a senior citizen and homebound and need to get out to the grocery or doctor and you don't want to call a cab or drive your car, contact Donna on Deanview Drive at (513) 821 -5714 between 9 am and 2 pm Monday through Friday!

Membership Information



FINNEYTOWN CIVIC

ASSOCIATION


PO 317696 Cincinnati, OH 45231

October 29, 2013

Dear FCA members,

It is time to renew your membership in the Finneytown Civic Association for 2014. Your continued support is crucial to the success of the FCA. We have worked hard to bring issues forward, such as property maintenance, housing values, schools, safety, roads, support of businesses through our Cash Mob project, and, working with the Springfield Township government. We do this through public meetings, our web site (fcaontheweb.org), and, our long-running Meet-the-Candidate’s Night.

The more members we have, the stronger the impact we have on our community. The FCA encourages you to get involved on a committee or as a trustee. Your input is important to the future of Finneytown.

The membership dues ($10/person) have not changed for many years. Please consider an annual family membership for only $20.

Your support enables the Association to carry out our mission of “Working to Keep Finneytown a Great Place to Live”.

Also, consider supporting to the Steve Elliott Community Service Scholarship, which annually recognizes the community service of two graduating seniors from Finneytown High School.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us:

·         Nancy McGuire (Membership Chairperson) at 521-2145

·         Rhoda and Dick Meyer (Treasurer) at 522-0547

Membership Form:

Name(s):__________________________________________________________­­­­­­_­­­­

Address:____________________________________________________________

Phone:_________________ E-mail:______________________________________

We will be sending the newsletter via email unless instructed otherwise.

Dues:  $10/Person   $20/family per calendar year                                $_________

Contribution: Steve Elliott Student Community Service Award         $_________

Total:       (Please make checks to the Finneytown Civic Association)  $_________

Mail to: FCA Membership, P.O. Box 317696, Cincinnati, Ohio 45231

Consider joining a Committee or serving as a Board Member:

Land Use and Zoning____           Membership____            Township Liaison____

Newsletter____                           Business Liaison____       Technology____

Officer or Trustee____                Schools ____                    Social____

President Joseph Gorman can be reached at jgorman@fuse.net or (513) 325-5202.