Sunday, January 24, 2010

Enrollment Opens Again for Homestead Program

Enrollment Opens Again for Homestead Program
Homeowners Turning 65 in 2010 Have Until June 7th to Signup

Date: January 4th, 2010
Contact: Sam Braun 224-8722

Homeowners who turn 65 at any point in 2010 are now eligible for the
Homestead program and are encouraged to sign up with the Montgomery
County Auditor. Enrollment is now open until June 7th and applications
are available in the Auditor's office or by calling 225-4341.

The Homestead exemption program brings property tax relief to
homeowners age 65 and older and the permanently disabled. There are no
longer any income requirements, but newly eligible recipients (those
turning 65 any time in 2009) must sign up with the Auditor's office.
Homeowners already enrolled in Homestead do not need to reapply.

"We want all eligible senior homeowners to take advantage of this tax
break," said Auditor Keith. Last year the average homestead recipient
in Montgomery County saved over $500 on their tax bill."

Qualified applicants who missed last year's deadline may also sign up
before June 7th and still get a reduction on last year's taxes, as well
as this year's. Current homestead recipients do not need to reapply or
do anything unless they have moved or had some change in their status.

Potential new applicants are encouraged to call 225-4341 or log on to for more information.

Friday, January 08, 2010

Ruskin School

A number of Walnut Hills students attend Ruskin School. Ruskin, for those not familiar with it, is located off Xenia Avenue, about two blocks from St. Mary's Church (the one with the two blue towers). Ruskin is part of the Neighborhood School Centers Project, as is Cleveland School. Kym Beasley is the coordinator at Cleveland and Mario is the coordinator at Ruskin. Part of their goal is to make sure that residents are aware of what is happening in the schools to support students and also to make sure that the community gets full use of the school. If you have any ideas or requests, please don't hesitate to contact either coordinator. Mario can be reached at 671-1178 and Kym at 542-4343.

For a look at the January issue of the Ruskin Newsletter, log onto . This month's edition features information about high schools and programs for 7th and 8th grade students that are offered by local colleges and universities to give kids an taste for post secondary schooling. Wright Stepp even offers scholarships to those who finish.

The Dayton Public Schools Select-a-School event is scheduled for Saturday February 6, at Stivers School for the Arts, located on the corner of Keowee and Fifth, from 12-4 pm. This is a good opportunity for parents starting to look at high school options for their students as well as parents looking to enroll their children in kindergarten. All schools will be represented with displays and staff and principals will be on hand to answer any questions. Registration on-site will also be available.

A January calendar of events for Ruskin is also listed.