As outlined in the below Memo, Rep. Gerald Mullery (D) 119th District has introduced HB 160 designed to close an important loophole that is negatively impacting local communities and hindering blight mitigation efforts.
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Every community in Pennsylvania wants to fight blight and see their neighborhoods revitalized. Part of that revitalization is ensuring there are safe, quality buildings owned by a reliable tax base. A municipality has the authority to deny permits to individuals who are delinquent on their taxes. However, bad actors have found a loophole when it comes to a limited liability corporation or LLC. An LLC can apply for permits, and the municipality may be forced to issue the permits even if one of the principal owners is delinquent on their taxes.
It is time to put an end to this loophole and help our municipal governments. My legislation will give power to the municipality to deny a permit to an LLC not only when the LLC has delinquencies, but also if one of its principals has any delinquencies in the municipality.
I ask that you join me in co-sponsoring this legislation that will give a city, borough, or township the ability to ensure revitalization that will benefit the community for years.