MACo Supports Streamlined Process For Fixing Neglected Property

MACo Associate Director Barbara Zektick recently testified in favor of House Bill 1496, “Tax Sales – Property Maintenance and Nuisance Condition Violation Judgments” which would allow local governments to use tax sale procedures to collect on judgments for property maintenance and nuisance condition violations.

MACo’s testimony states,

MACo supports this bill as a means to provide local governments with the tools necessary to abate nuisance conditions and property maintenance violations, without having to pass those costs onto other taxpayers.

Local governments often must step in to address the adverse conditions when landowners cause nuisances or allow their property to fall into a state of disrepair. Those landowners’ neighbors already have to deal with the negative impacts of the offending activity or neglect; they should not also have to bear the costs for abatement through their own tax dollars. Local governments should not have to choose between spending public funds to abate nuisances on private property, or leaving these adverse conditions to continue unaddressed, negatively affecting their citizens’ property values and quality of life. This bill provides a tool to allow local governments to hold property owners accountable, without having to pass the costs along to law-abiding taxpayers or make cuts to essential public services.

Follow MACo’s advocacy efforts during the 2017 legislative session here.