In March of 2014 I naively wandered into a public hearing in the City of Cincinnati Planning and Development Department.  It took me about 5 minutes to realize how dumb I was about how we make big real estate decisions in this city.  Tax Increment Financing Districts, 3CDC, Planning Commission, Hamilton County Auditor’s property valuations, tax abatement of the 8, 10, 12 and 30 year varieties, Historic Conservation Board, Urban Design Board, Port Authority, and now REDI (new regional development board) – and that’s just part of the picture.  There are lots of people who have impressive expertise in their part of the puzzle.  Almost nobody understands the big picture and the long-term consequences of these very expensive bets we are making on the future of Cincinnati.

I’ve spent at least 3 or 4 hours everyday studying this issue in order to be a better informed citizen.  Cincyopolis was started to share what I’ve learned.

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  1. Karen

    Thanks for sharing what you’re learning. I’m going to subscribe to this so I can stay informed (without working as hard as you are). Thank you!

  2. C. C.

    Where can you find/listen to the Hamilton County Board of Revision cases that you mention in your podcast with UrbanCincy?

    1. executivedreamer Post author

      Susan Silver runs the dang show for Dusty Rhodes at the Hamilton County Auditor’s office. She’s incredible. Kind, knowledgeable – works through week ends and at night. Be nice to her.

      If you tell her the parcel number, address and date of the Board of Revision hearing (BOR tab), she will have a CD made and mailed to your home. If you have trouble listening, she will coordinate with her IT person to help you.

      Here’s her email address: susan.silver@auditor.hamilton-co.org — If you put in a request, please make sure to tell her how much we appreciate everything she does.

      All that being said – these recordings are fascinating – an education in commercial real estate valuation and how it all works.

  3. C. C.

    Great thanks! Is there a somewhere we can look up the schedule of future and past hearings with addresses of the properties being challenged? Thanks again for your hard work and for asking important questions!

  4. executivedreamer Post author

    Good question. I’ll go ask. – I can tell you that I have personally entered a complaint against the Western & Southern owned apartment building across the street from where I live and the hearing should be in the fall. At that point I am going to ask for support from the public so that the room is packed. Their building is valued at one-sixth the value of my condo on a per square foot basis. I want the BOR to have to justify their numbers publicly with the media present. Next year we can challenge 10 properties. Once the BOR sees the public paying attention, we’ll get a more fair and even application of the law.


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