Villa Hills Slideshow
Welcome to Villa Hills
According to the 2010 census we have 7,489 residents and about 2,800 homes. Whether you are a long time resident, planning to buy a home here, or just making a visit, you will be a part of the number 1 suburb in Greater Cincinnati designated by Cincy Magazine in 2014. Villa Hills was also named the 7th best suburb in the USA the same year.
We have two excellent schools, River Ridge Elementary and Villa Madonna Academy grade school and high school. In addition we have Villa Madonna Montessori. We are proud to have the Sisters of St. Walburg Monastery and the Madonna Manor Complex which is home to a sizable retirement community.
The City operates under the Mayor/Council form of government and is a Home Rule class city under Kentucky Law.
Please do not hesitate to call us at the City Building at 859.341.1515 for any assistance.
Mayor Butch Callery
VILLA HILLS STATE OF THE CITY
It’s hard to believe that 2016 has passed so quickly. As we close out the year, I wanted to let the residents of Villa Hills know that we had another strong team effort by City Council and lots of hard work by staff that has kept our city strong.
We promised to fix our street problem. This has been our main focus during the past year. Thanks to voter’s support of the road tax, we replaced, overlaid, or repaired 23 streets and crack-sealed many others. The cost was $880,000 just over last 6 months. Villa Hills received a 50/50 grant worth $314,000 for the 2017/2018 budget year to replace that portion of Buttermilk Pike in our city. While we are fixing our streets faster than ever, there is about a decade’s worth of deferred maintenance that will take us some time to catch up on. We are taking care of the worst streets first and paying attention to little details on other streets in order to preserve them. In time we will catch up. I ask for your patience as we work through the backlog.
We have also addressed many other issues that are important to our community. We are at full staff in our police department with 8 full-time officers. We hired Dave Finan who has 25 years of experience in other police departments. Sean Dooley has been hired as a police recruit. Sean is attending the police academy in Richmond where he will receive his certification and join our other officers in the summer. Thanks to Chief Allen, we had a successful Safety Night complete with a Black Hawk helicopter and one from Air Care.
Villa Hills continues to make good financial decisions with your tax dollars. We have been replacing our police cars and public works vehicles through lease purchasing agreements which allows us to replace more than one vehicle at a time at nearly the same cost as purchasing a single vehicle. We again received an excellent report from our auditor. We hired Jennifer Lipson who is our Deputy Clerk/Finance Clerk. She served 16 years as an assistant clerk in Ft. Wright and does a tremendous job.
On Administrative issues, we have brought back the Board of Adjustment to the city so local residents can decide zoning appeals. We also reconstituted our Vacant Property Commission to address the growing list of abandoned properties in the city. The city hired a part-time license inspector, Ken Shirley, to check on companies who operate in the city but didn’t get a business license. In the first 5 months this has resulted in twice as many companies buying business licenses than the prior year. We will collect the occupational fee, payroll tax, and gross receipts tax from these companies. It is only fair that every business that operates in our community pay their share.
On the community side, we have completed the work on the island at Niewahner and Valley Trails with the flagpole restored and the flag illuminated along with a new Amsterdam Village sign. We brought back the Shadow Night with the students at River Ridge, Villa Madonna, and St. Joseph Schools 5th graders which was a fun and educational evening for everyone. We did two events with our sister city Crescent Springs, the Music Fest and Christmas in the Park. Both were very well attended.
As you have heard, we are working with the good sisters of St. Walburg Monastery and a task force to develop their 82 acres. There will be an important public meeting on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at River Ridge Elementary School from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. We invite you to attend this Open House where you can see and comment on the proposed uses for the site. We will take what we learn and make any needed changes before finalizing the plan.
Last year I challenged our staff to look for economic development opportunities and ways to bring jobs to our city. The development of the St. Walburg property provides an opportunity for some very limited commercial development. Staff is working on another project which I hope to be able to discuss with in the future.
I want to thank all our council members for their work and support. We have had 24 months of unanimous votes on legislation, which is unprecedented in our city. I also want to thank our fine staff in police, public works, and administration.
It is an honor to serve you as Mayor and may God bless the City of Villa Hills.
Irvin T. “Butch” Callery
Driver's License - Check your Expiration date
The State of Kentucky is no longer sending out reminder post cards for you to renew your driver's license. Please check yours and make sure it hasn't expired. It's a good habit to remind yourself, friends and families on their birthday to check the expiration date. In Kentucky your license typically expires a month after your birthday.
APPLYING FOR HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION
Homeowners age 65 or older are eligible to apply for a Homestead Exemption.
Under the provisions of the Homestead Amendment, a person or persons must be 65 years of age or older or totally disabled during the year for which application is made, and must own, occupy and maintain a residential unit for such exemption.
A person or persons owning, living in and maintaining a residential unit must meet the 65 years of age requirement. If only one spouse is 65, the age requirement is met.
The Exemption amount for 2016 is $36,900. That amount is subtracted from the property assessment before taxes are calculated for the property.
For additional information, the application form and contact information for applying for the exemption with Kenton County Property Valuation, please click here to be re-directed to the Kenton PVA website.
The speed limit on Amsterdam between Collins Road and Highwater Road has been reduced from 35 miles per hour to 30 miles per hour. Please be aware of the new Speed Limit in the area.
Review the recently approved 10 year road plan!
Council recently accepted a 10 year road plan that includes using a combination of the recently passed road taxes, reserves, grants, and a $750,000 loan in order to catch-up on the most critical deferred maintenance issues with the city's roads. Please Note: the plan is subject to change as road conditions change on an annual basis. The intention of this plan is to address the worse roads first and will be updated as needed.
Get a free recycling cart from Rumpke.
When requesting a new recycling cart, you can get a 96-gallon trash cart for a reduced rental of $1 per month (normally $3 per month).
Find out how your the City will spend tax dollars this coming fiscal year.
A note to residents about the Utility Service Partners warranty letter
Residents of Villa Hills will receive a letter from Utility Service Partners, signed by the Mayor, offering warranties for sewer and water line laterals. This is NOT a scam. Villa Hills has partnered with Utility Service Partners through the National League of Cities to have this program offered in our community. It is strictly voluntary. Residents are encouraged to contact their insurance agent to see if coverage already exists for your sewer and waterline laterals. Homeowners are responsible for the repair and maintenance of their laterals to the main. Residents who participate in an Home Owners Association (HOA) should check with their board to see if this issue falls to the HOA. The City of Villa Hills is not receiving any payment or commission for the issuance of any warranties. Several other communities in Northern Kentucky also offer this program.
Many residents have called asking if this letter is legitimate. It is. We thank our residents for their vigilance and for watching out for our community.