On August 19th, the Corpus Christi Caller Times ran a report titled “Mayor calls upkeep of vacant homes waste of taxpayer money”.

It appears that he spoke out of a valid frustration of having to maintain a particular property for 10 years. For that property he is absolutely correct, but there is also a lot of truth regarding all vacant and abandoned properties. For those neighbors affected by the blight caused by abandonment it is money well spent. However for the municipal government, there are many other places to effectively utilize the funding.

Creative partnerships, proactive approaches and tools and creative thinking can minimize the effect to government’s budget.

“Clean and Lien” can work but for the subject property at Glazebrook and Austin streets, is that the answer. Will the City ever recoup its expenditures?

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