Counties Seek Narrowed Tool To Target Blighted Properties

At its January 29 hearing, MACo Legal and Policy Counsel Leslie Knapp Jr. offered suggestions to improve the wording and approach of SB 28, a bill intended to grant local governments further authority to target blighted and untended properties.

From MACo’s written testimony:

MACo believes that SB 28 can be amended to address MACo’s concerns and is willing to work with the bill sponsor and the Committee to draft suitable amendments. If amended, SB 28 could provide a useful option that local governments could use to selectively remediate blighted residential properties and prevent neighborhood decay.

To see online versions of MACo’s written testimony from the 2013 legislative session, click here.

Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties

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