The Covid-19 virus has dramatically
changed the way we relate to each other and the way we do business. As I write this, a million Americans have
contracted the disease, sixty-thousand people have died and 30 million have
been thrown out of work in under a month.
On March 22 the Director of the Ohio Department of Health issued a “Stay
at Home” order requiring non-essential...Read More
National publications like the Washington Post and the Wall Street
Journal have recently considered news of The Vindicator’s closing, and
suggest generally that local democracies will go only as far as their
local papers will carry them. These articles assume that if the local
news dies, so does an informed citizenry.
Local news organizations unearth and disseminate truths...Read More
At one time our “Steel Valley,” was one of the great steel regions of
the world, hosting mills along the Mahoning River from Warren to the
Pennsylvania line. Fierce competition from overseas, followed by the
closing of Youngstown Sheet and Tube in the 1970s started a long slide
in industrial production in the region. Yes, a few of the old plants
have reopened, but great stretches of...Read More
Business clients typically minimize exposure to creditor claims by
using liability-limiting business structures, by maintaining appropriate
insurance coverages, by maximally funding qualified retirement plans
and by dispersing asset ownership within the family.
High-net-worth clients, whose activities subject them to
extraordinary claims, may now also use an additional tool to protect...Read More
Q: How long does a solar lease last?
A: The term of a solar lease is typically between 20 and 30 years
Q: What effect will the solar lease have on my property?
A: If you currently receive a special tax valuation (in Ohio
a “current agricultural use valuation,” in PA a valuation under Act 319) you
may lose that status and have your real estate taxes increase. There may be a...Read More
Regulating oil and gas via zoning
The last twenty years oil and gas drilling for Clinton Sandstone wells has moved into urban areas, as drilling locations in rural areas have been used up. Under the concept of “home rule” enjoyed by municipalities, cities and villages enjoy broad police powers to regulate health, safety and public welfare. As a result, a number of Ohio communities attempted...Read More
Open space preservation
Modern zoning planning has recognized the virtue of preserving open spaces, not only by establishing parks and recreation areas, but also by preserving the rural character of certain parts of communities and restraining urban sprawl. This can be accomplished in several ways. Agricultural zoning prohibits the use of land for commercial, industrial and residential...Read More
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