Hilliard, OH Real Estate News

By Julie Morgan
(Real Living HER)
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By Karen & Doug Parker, From Hilliard to the Hocking Hills Ohio
(Sorrell & Company Realtors)
Getting any school issue approved by voters in an unpredictable economy is difficult, and the odds going in to this month's election were even at best for Hilliard Schools.  Yet there were a number of things that likely help improve Hilliard area voters' perceptions, with a decidedly positive margin (and perhaps surprisingly so) when all the ballots were cast. The resolution of the teachers' union contract was as significant as it gets, at least in my opinion.  The key issue involved, participation in health insurance costs to the district, dates back to the last contract negotiations I participated in, back in 1998.  At that time the board stressed that, essentially, it was only a matter of time until the staff across the district became responsible for more of the direct health insura...
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By Karen & Doug Parker, From Hilliard to the Hocking Hills Ohio
(Sorrell & Company Realtors)
Like others in the community, we were disappointed to see that prospects for a successful end to the negotiations between the school board and teachers union (Hilliard Education Association) dimmed last week when the teachers voted overwhelmingly against the board's last offer....which was to be a firm and final one, as everyone understood from various news coverage.  Sad, because no matter what side you stand on (and cliched or not), the kids are held hostage....given that the operating levy passage on March 4 becomes more problematic, and the levy covers ongoing operating funds.  Voters will usually tend toward the simplest reason to vote no, and the teachers' contract vote can unfortunately provide a quick way out.  And the coverage now makes it clear that health insurance is the big...
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By Karen & Doug Parker, From Hilliard to the Hocking Hills Ohio
(Sorrell & Company Realtors)
As a current member of Hilliard Schools' volunteer Citizen's Finance Committee, a former member of the school district's Board of Education, and a founding member of the political action committee CAGH (formed to foster voter approval of the new Bradley High School), I believe the upcoming March 4 operating levy vote is certainly as important as any in my memory, and perhaps more so in light of current economic news and ongoing conflict over state funding.  We've lived and worked in the Hilliard area since we moved to Ohio in 1988, and have seen first-hand the growth of the district from about 4,000 to the current 15,000 students.  While the district is no longer the fastest-growing in the state(as it was in the 1990's), the notion that the city and district (and they are very different...
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By Karen & Doug Parker, From Hilliard to the Hocking Hills Ohio
(Sorrell & Company Realtors)
Local school districts face painful decisions as voters vent their frustration over rising property taxes.  While voters reel over the ultimate effect of yo-yoing energy costs, for example, how are they most likely to respond in the ballot booths? The upcoming operating levy for the Hilliard (Ohio) City School District will be an important case in point for 2008 and beyond, as the district has been relatively fortunate through the past 15-20 years in passing various levies and bond issues.  Opening a third high school in 2009 takes us back to 1997 and the addition of the district's second high school....as a formerly "rural" or outlying district found things changing quickly, with many longtime residents wondering what (and who) was responsible.  That scenario has been repeated across c...
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By Andy Morrow
(ReMax Achievers)
In 1852, John Reed Hilliard bought ten acres of farmland in western Franklin County from Hoseah High and Abraham Wendell. Geographically, the Hilliard area is between Big Darby Creek on the west and the Scioto River on the east. Originally called Hilliard's Station, the town grew around the railroad route of the Piqua and Indiana Railroad station, which bisected the former Hilliard farmland. Hilliard's Station served as an ideal shipping point for agricultural products going to market and supplies coming to the farmers in the area. The original Hilliard area was platted by John Hilliard on September 1, 1853. Until the mid 20th century, the railroad station and Main Street were the town center. In 1854, a post office was established in Hilliard's Station and the word Station was dropped ...
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