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Urbana hopes tax abatements help fill empty lots

Urbana: Land of the Tigers (and homebuyers)

Two big hospitals may not be the happiest residents these days but the city of Urbana continues to ride a hot streak of turning "For Sale" signs into "Sold.". The latest on local housing, from the Champaign County Association of Realtors' just-released February report:

Urbana hospital properties taken back off tax rolls

URBANA — Urbana residents won't be getting hoped-for property tax relief this year.

Less than two months after putting Carle health system and Presence Covenant Medical Center properties back on the local tax rolls, the Champaign County Board of Review voted Tuesday night to remove them once again, the board's final action before it went out of session for the 2015 tax season.

John Roska: Who's liable for utility bill when couple splits?

Q: I've been separated from my spouse for about a year. When I applied for utility service, they said I had to pay a bill in my spouse's name, from a place where he lived after we separated. Am I liable for his bill?

Building permits, March 13, 2016

Listed are permits for all commercial and industrial work, all new single-family and multifamily residences and all residential remodeling over $50,000.

Permits are listed by applicant, description, site and cost.

Champaign

Habitat for Humanity, new single-family dwelling at 512 W. Beardsley Ave., $100,000.

Tom's #Mailbag, March 11, 2016

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Building permits, March 6, 2016

Listed are permits for all commercial and industrial work, all new single-family and multifamily residences and all residential remodeling over $50,000.

Permits are listed by applicant, description, site and cost.

Champaign

No new permits.

Mahomet

John Roska: The homestead exemption and creditors

Q: I want to know how the "homestead exemption" works if I sell my house. I have a judgment against me for $5,000. My wife and I expect to clear $25,000 when we sell our house, and pay off the mortgage. Do we have to pay the $5,000 judgment? Or can we protect the sale proceeds using that exemption?

Area update: Campaign posters will go back up, in different place

MONTICELLO — The city attorney said free speech was violated when Monticello police removed a pair of "Vote Yes!" posters from Chamber of Commerce billboards on Feb. 21.

But the campaign posters will apparently stay down, at least at the two Chamber billboards within the city limits.

After Danville rejection, Vermilion officials look elsewhere for land bank partners

DANVILLE — Vermilion County officials now plan to invite towns in Champaign County to partner in forming a land bank after Danville aldermen rejected the concept, which other states and Chicago suburban cities have successfully used to "flip" dilapidated properties.

Landlord feels city doesn't value his investments

CHAMPAIGN — The redevelopment of Bristol Place has been a headache for Tom Burgin ever since it began.