Resolution #2014-19 COMMUNITY DECAY FUNDING

BACKGROUND

In an effort to make a community safe and visually pleasing, cities and towns must eradicate blight from old, uninhabitable buildings and remove junk and abandoned vehicles. These actions cost money that the cities and towns do not have. The cities and towns must rely on constrained general fund money to take necessary abatement actions, which is often not there. The cities and towns need the authority to raise additional money beyond the property tax to eradicate blight.

Sometimes the cities and towns can go against the property owner for the cost of removal of the blight but the city or town must first pay for removal of the blight. Having the initial seed money for a revolving fund to remove blight would be a good first step.

ACTION

The League will monitor legislation to give cities and towns additional authority to raise money for eradicating blight from vacant, unusable structures, junk and abandoned vehicles and weed removal.