Following a request from Roanoke Rapids (NC) councilman Carl Ferebee to survey properties,  Planning and Development Director David Wise provided a comprehensive rundown of the consequences of vacant properties, including
  • Crime
  • Arson and “accidental fire”
  • Public nuisance and health
  • Decreased property values and tax revenues
  • Lost tax revenues
  • Lower property values
  • Cost to homeowners
  • Higher insurance premiums
  • Poorer quality of life

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