Saturday, October 9, 2004

Greenhills voters can beef up home fund



By Perry Schaible
Enquirer contributor

GREENHILLS - The extension of a redevelopment plan in this Hamilton County greenbelt community goes before voters Nov. 2.

The 1.39-mill bond issue would generate $1 million to support a program started in 2000 to relieve the community of blighted properties. The village purchases aging buildings, usually duplexes, to fix and resell or tear down. Ninety-one units have been bought and 32 units have been torn down.

"We've basically borrowed as much as we can ... without having to vote to borrow more to keep the program going," said Municipal Manager David Moore.

The objective, he said, is to have more owner-occupied property in the village.

The bond issue, to be repaid over 20 years, would cost the owner of a $100,000 house about $40 a year.

If the issue fails, it will hinder the redevelopment program, but "our intentions are to continue on with it," Moore said.

Longtime resident Betty Senior said she'll support the bond issue.

"I think it's absolutely wonderful because we needed to do something with some of the property that was really old and needed to be replaced," she said.

But four-year resident Jim Broz said he can't see how the program will help the community.

"I'm totally against it. They have no business getting into something they don't know about," Broz said. "If these places are so dilapidated, why are they passing inspections?"

Voters in this community of 4,400 will also see a tax levy on the November ballot. The 1.5-mill, five-year renewal would generate some $36,000 annually and cost the owner of a $100,000 house about $18 a year after tax rollbacks.

The levy accounts for close to 20 percent of the village's road budget.

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