In a positive step another local government is utilizing the tax rolls to address blight in their community. After years of hearing the frustration over “clean and lien” programs (both having to “clean” and then the length of time, if ever, to recoup the funds) this is a far more productive approach.

For “zombie foreclosures” the key still remains open communication. Of course, if the homeowner is still trying to cure the default, though he/she abandoned the property perhaps a more cautious approach is warranted. Working in conjunction with a vacant property registry is critical, but having the ability to escalate when needed and knowing which questions to ask is even more so.

What a perfect quote by Council Vice President Kevin Hill  “blighted properties do not exist in a vacuum and negatively impact all of the surrounding properties in a neighborhood.”

For additional information please click on the following links;
Oswego County News Now: Council votes tonight to target vacant properties

Mayors Press Release