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Old 04-10-2009, 08:03 PM
 
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I would say both areas are equally desirable, it is just a matter of personal preference. I haven't heard anything about a quarry being built in Terrace Park. I don't believe it would affect the area at all though; the residents wouldn't allow it if it was something that would have a dramatic impact. As far as Ft.Mitchell and Ft.Thomas go, they might not have been mentioned because less people are familiar with the Kentucky area because the vast majority of people in Cincy metro live in Ohio. Though I haven't heard anything negative about these communities and many in the past have referred to Ft.Mitchell as a great area.
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Old 04-11-2009, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Cincinnati
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The quarry being discussed actually is located in Anderson Township close to Newtown. So it's situated across the Little Miami River and resides closer to Terrace Park than Mariemont. The mine is owned by Martin Marietta and an organization named CABOOM (Citizens Against Blasting On Our Miami) opposes it.

That being said, you really should consider the taxes in Ohio versus Kentucky, especially when considering Terrace Park or Mariemont. The information concerning Ohio is found here:

Taxes|Cincinnati OH (http://www.viewcincinnati.com/TaxInfo - broken link)

and here for Kentucky:

http://www.thinkkentucky.com/EDIS/Cm...nt.aspx?cw=049

Mariemont is considering joining the Little Miami Fire Department. If they do the taxes will increase as the employees of the LMFD have been awarded a 27% raise over the next three years and require two new fire houses to build. One simply needs to check the tax rates for communities served by the LMFD to see the higher tax structure.

The Mariemont Schools also are asking for considerably more money, admitting to wanting 65 million. Those schools serve both Terrace Park and Mariemont. Mariemont Schools are in the category of "excellent" according to the Ohio Department of Education which places them between the 63rd and 87th percentile since 12% of the school districts are awarded "excellent with distinction."

Cincinnati Schools allocated 1 Billion dollars to renovate or build 25 schools. With 13 schools completed Cincinnati had expended 1 Billion 85 Million Dollars. So Mariemont's needs might be closer to 150 Million. Quite a whallop for such a small town.

Mariemont Schools also serve Fairfax and Terrace Park. With the new Wal-Mart you would expect revenue, but according to the School District, the Wal-Mart and all of the stores in that complex are free from paying school taxes because they are not "within school district boundaries." You may find that information here:

Questions and Answers (http://www.mariemontschools.org/finance/questions.html - broken link)

Only one levy has been defeated in the history of Mariemont when wanting more money for schools. This of course effects Terrace Park as well.

Mariemont is considering reducing the "tax credit" residents receive when paying an earning tax to another municipality. That means your local earnings taxes are likely to increase.

My wife and I are choosing to leave Mariemont and move to Northern Kentucky. The handwriting is on the wall, the high taxes are going to become extremely high.
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Old 04-11-2009, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Cincinnati
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And as one poster suggested, Mariemont certainly pushes the 30 minute drive to the airport. The one advantage would be if you drive it during the regular rush, you would be going "against" the heavy traffic of rush hour, so it would prove quicker to get there once you navigated past Columbia Parkway.
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Old 04-11-2009, 09:35 AM
 
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I would suggest Park Hill, Kenton Hills and parts of Fort Mitchell. All of those options reside in Kentucky. A resident of Kentucky may work in Ohio and only has to pay Kentucky State taxes and vice versa. Kentucky State income taxes are lower. You get an earnings tax you must pay to Cincinnati if you work there.
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Old 04-11-2009, 08:33 PM
 
Location: Erlanger, KY
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Hi!

Thank you for all of your opinions. Regarding Independence, how are the schools there? My understanding is that the best school districts in NKY are Ft. Thomas and Beechwood (Ft. Mitchell). I am curious as to why no one has mentioned those areas. Any ideas?
I have no idea, because Ft Mitchell/Beechwood was the first thing I thought of. Ft. Mitchell is a nice community, and Beechwood school district is top-notch. Plus you're no more than 5-10 minutes away from the airport.

Ft. Thomas/Highland Heights is a little farther, but well within the desired 30 minute commute.

$650,000 will probably buy a mansion in Ft. Mitchell, and a very large house in Ft. Thomas.
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Old 04-14-2009, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Cincinnati
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I would have to say Independence, Erlanger area
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