Friday, February 25, 2011

Loveland City Schools to add 3.5mil levy on ballot in May

In a January board meeting a resolution was passed to add an Operating Levy to the May 2011 Ballot. Click here to ready the announcement by Loveland District: Loveland City Schools

You may recall a levy that was difficult to pass back in 2008, took them twice to get it done. That levy was a non-increase and the board promised to not ask for more money until 2012. That Levy is set to expire January 2012, when this new one will take affect. - So the board can say that promises were kept. This upcoming Levy is being asked to help cover increase operating costs and is expected to generate around2.7 million additional dollars for the district.
Loveland Board of Education President, Dr. Kathryn Lorenz said, "It is always difficult to come to the community asking for additional funds, but the Board believes that we have been responsible with the taxpayer funds entrusted to the district and can show additional funds are needed now. The new funds are not for added programs, but rather, to continue programming and maintain the district's academic excellence."

The levy request is being asked because revenue from multiple sources is being lost. Federal Stimulus funds, personal tangible property revenue as well as tax dollars from Duke Energy. The board is expecting this levy to pass, but has stated that they are preparing a plan should it fail - likely including the usual threats of busing service, extra curricular activities, etc.

We will watch carefully as this unfolds and we move toward voting day. I expect to see a ramp up of conversation on this topic as we enter late March and throughout April. Check back for more updates!

Chris W.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Home for Sale in Lebanon Oh

This great home, located in Lebanon, has everything you could want. That is, if you want quite possible the largest master bathroom you've ever seen, HUGE walk in closet, updated kitchen with new stainless steel appliances.

This home is tucked away in a neighborhood that offers great basketball courts, proximity to walking and bike trails and minutes from the Countryside YMCA.  Offering a formal dining room, family room, walk out off the kitchen and 3 bedrooms with second floor laundry.  A full basement is ready for your creativity.

If you would like to see more of this home, visit:

Where you can take a virtual tour, see additional photos, calculate your mortgage and schedule a private showing.

Chris Wood

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A monthly list of To do Items for your Home!

Courtesy of our good friends over at Home Services Link!  Where you can find contractors you can trust, fast and easy - you name the project, they find you a contractor.

January - Flooring -  Are your carpets showing a little wear and tear? Have you always dreamed of having beautiful hardwood floors? Refinishing wood floors and replacing old carpet can reinvent a room without changing anything else. So kick-start your year with new flooring that is sure to wow (for less). January is the best time to take advantage of bargains. During this month you'll find the lowest prices on flooring material due to slow sales.
February - Get rid of the clutter, Storage - There's no need to scrimp and save for an extravagant renovation project like adding a second story. Simply clearing up the clutter in your home can double it in size. Maximize winter's down time by organizing your closets, drawers, garage, computer files and storage areas. Focus on one room at a time and schedule different rooms for different days. Utilize a good all-in-one copier/printer/scanner to digitize paper documents and eliminate mounds of paper clutter. Need budget storage? Wire shelving systems brings order to closets and garages -- without costing a bundle. For your closets or office, turn to a professional for some great systems that can make like a lot easier.
March - Spring Cleaning -  Don't be overwhelmed by the thought of spring cleaning. Breeze through the mess that winter has left behind by tackling it in a room-by-room fashion. Wash windows and floors; polish furniture; clean bathrooms; dust lightbulbs and light fixtures; tame clutter zones; and polish wood furniture. No time for a big scrubfest? Remember, you have a whole month -- so don't try to get all your spring cleaning done at once. Break it down and you can clean your home in just 10 minutes a day.  OR you can hire a professional for less than a few hundred dollars to handle the large items while you knock out the little nuances.
April - April showers bring May flowers, and a need to check your gutters -Rain gutters carry away thousands of gallons of water from your house's exterior and foundation walls. But after a harsh winter of diverting rainwater and melted snow from the roof, your gutters are due for an inspection and cleaning before the heavy rains begin. It's advisable to revisit this project late in the fall too when leaves, twigs and other debris have fallen and collected in gutters.  CAUTION, this is something that many homeowners try themselves, this is a project that should only be performed by a professional, you don't want to take a chance of falling off the roof.
May - Get your deck ready for grilling - Pressure washing is a fast and easy way to blast grime, mold and mildew off of your home's exterior, decks, driveways, and sidewalks. Pressure washing is a potentially hazardous job, so stand at least three feet away from the surface you're cleaning. Make sure to avoid windows, light fixtures, and anything else that could break under the pressure. If you're not comfortable using the equipment, simply hose off the surface instead. Many companies can make your deck look brand new with their special products and tools.
June - Better make your AC is ready! - A properly maintained air conditioning system will run more efficiently, use less energy and lower your utility bills. For window air conditioning units, clean the filter and coils. Concerning central air conditioning units, it's highly recommended that you call a professional to inspect your system. In addition to pro help, you can DIY clean your system by replacing your air conditioner filters regularly; this will cut down significantly on dust and allergens in the home. Also, clean the condenser and evaporator coil in the unit.

July - Paint - A fresh coat of paint is the easiest and cheapest way to dramatically change a room's appearance. It not only adds to your home's appeal, it can even make it look cleaner.

August - Get Ready For Guests, Deep Clean Your Carpet - After a messy winter and active summer, nearly a year's worth of spills, foot traffic, accidents and lively pets have taken a toll on your carpets. Give flooring a quality cleaning to remove dust, dirt and grime buildup that is embedded deep down in carpet fibers. Shampooing or deep cleaning your carpeting will give it a tidy appearance, as well as a fresh smell.

September - Roof Repair - Roof shingles will eventually come loose in spots, so take advantage of the reasonable fall temperatures to inspect your roof for loose and damaged shingles. The harsh winds and cold winter weather can exacerbate shingles, potentially causing a small roof leak. Make sure to repair damage well in advance of the first snowfall.

October - Yard Work - Your thoughts may be turning towards winter, but this is a time to actually start prepping for spring. To ensure a beautiful lawn next year, complete important yard work such as raking leaves, fertilizing, top dressing, and re-seeding in the fall.

November - Fires may be romantic, but make sure they're safe as well - With winter just around the corner, now is the perfect time to prepare your fireplace. Part of this preparation includes inspecting and cleaning the accumulation of soot, ashes and debris from your wood-burning, gas or electric fireplace. Doing this will assure safe and efficient heating of your home come winter.

December - It's here...BURR.  Winterize your home - Old Man Winter is ready to roar and wreak havoc on your home and energy bills. Combat the chill by sealing gaps around door and windows with weather-stripping: an easy, inexpensive tool for sealing openings, staying warm, and reducing your heating bills.

Chris Wood