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Preparing Your Champaign/Urbana Home for A Snow Emergency!

by Rose Price

We all want a White Christmas for Champaign/Urbana, but sometimes that fluffy white stuff comes in with sleet or in far more greater amounts than we were really looking to receive. Often times that weather creates an emergency situation in our community, both on our roads and for our homes. The best defense for this situation is to be prepared to cope with it, before it ever arrives. We have two checklists below, one for your home and one for your vehicle when traveling. Both are the basics you should have on hand in the event you are faced with a snow emergency in the Champaign/Urbana.

YOUR INSIDE STORY:

Household emergency supplies should include enough food, water and basic supplies to last a minimum of four days without power or help. Check your home emergency kit against this basic checklist.

  • Food that doesn't require heating or refrigeration (canned meats, soups and stews, cereal, energy bars, and the like)
  • Manual can opener
  • Paper plates, cups and plastic utensils
  • 1 gallon of water per person per day (allow enough for four days)
  • Flashlights and batteries
  • Cellular phone (read this article re: "Keep Cell Phone Charged During A Power Outage")
  • First-aid kit (printable first-aid kit checklist)
  • One Week supply of prescription medicines
  • Battery-powered radio​​    
  • Battery-powered clock
  • Pet food and additional water for household pets
  • Blanket and cold-weather clothing for each family member
ON THE ROAD!
This is where things can get tricky and dangerous very quickly. Coping with ice and snow covered roads are extremely hazardous and conditions can change in and instant. So before you leave your home, give your cars a "Winter Preparedness" once over.
  • Check and replace older batteries                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Remember to keep the gas tank near full to avoid freezing water in the fuel line
  • Check antifreeze and add if needed.
  • Check tires and spare tire for proper inflation
The list of items below should be KEPT IN YOUR VEHICLES at all times to help you handle winter road hazards:
  •  Ice scraper
  • Jumper cables
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Small shovel (to dig snow away from wheels, or scatter sand on roadway)
  • Bag of sand, road salt or non-clumping cat litter. The bag's extra weight means better traction, and the contents can be spread under slipping tires.
  • Tire chains (every driver should practice putting them on)
  • Flares or reflective triangle to warn other motorists if you break down
  • Blanket
  • Gallon jug of drinking water
If you have to use these items at any time throughout the winter months, make sure you replace them as soon as  possible after use. 
For more tips on Champaign/Urbana Home Care check out my website at www.champaignrose.com or my Facebook Page.
 

Have you checked out my new site....DOWNTOWNCHAMPAIGNROSE.COM?

by Rose Price

Everyone has a special connection with their hometown. For me, that special place is right here in Champaign-Urbana.IL. Moving to a new city can be a little stressful. Let me show you around and help make my city your new home. I have crafted my new website downtownchampaignrose.com to help guide you to the best places and events around town.

The website is divided into three main areas: Downtown, Midtown and Campustown.  This way you can research the area that meets your needs. Information will be added to this site on a consistent basis, along with networking with other local businesses to give you the "one stop shop" experience that I want this site to provide.  All of the local information you will want to know is located at the click of a button. Whether you are searching for that perfect cup of coffee, looking for a great bite to eat, or trying to experience something out of the ordinary, my website provides you with all things CHAMPAIGN/URBANA IL.

Check it out here: DOWNTOWNCHAMPAIGNROSE

 

Champaign IL Real Estate Tax Bills

by Rose Price

Champaign Real Estate Taxes

By now you should have received your Champaign County Tax Bill. The Champaign County Collector mailed roughly 76,000 real estate tax bills that will result in collecting over $285 million dollars. This revenue will go to over 125 tax districts (schools, cities, etc.).

Real estate tax bills were mailed May 3, 2013. The first installment was due June 3, 2013 (30 days after the bills were mailed) and the second installment will be due on September 3, 2013. If haven’t received your tax bill, contact the Champaign County Collector at 217-384-3743.

A single tax bill includes the full year's taxes with two installment payment coupons. There is no second bill for the second installment. Taxes must be paid in two equal installments. Partial payments are not allowed by law.

The Champaign County Treasurer’s office offers many convenient ways to pay.  

1. In person at the Champaign County Treasurer’s office at the Brookens Center, 1776 E. Washington, Urbana, Illinois using cash, personal/business checks (except 30 days prior to the tax sale) or VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and VISA Debit. A convenience fee averaging 1.75% is required on all credit card transactions. A flat $3.95 convenience fee is required for VISA Debit transactions. Champaign County receives no revenue from the convenience fee. We do not accept 2 party checks as a form of payment.

2. At your local participating bank with the original tax bill. (Follow this link for a List of Banks that accept payment)

3. 24-Hour Drop Box in the south circle drive of Brookens Center

4. Mail your payment. A United States Postal Service Postmark is accepted as date of payment for the calculation of late fees. 

5. Internet payments using VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and VISA Debit at: www.illinoisepay.com  (A convenience fee averaging 1.75% is required on all credit card transactions.  A flat fee of $3.95 is required on all VISA Debit transactions). Champaign County receives no revenue from the convenience fee.

6. Toll free telephone payments using VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and VISA Debit at: 1-877-690-3729 (Jurisdiction code 7004). (A convenience fee averaging 1.75% is required on all credit card transactions.  A flat fee of $3.95 is required on all VISA Debit transactions). Champaign County receives no revenue from the convenience fee.

7. Automatic Deduction from bank account. See form included in your tax bill or go to the Treasurer Forms page on this website to print out a form.

The above information is provided by the Champaign County Treasurer’s Office

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