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Abandoned homes becoming a problem in York

Updated: Monday, March 17 2014, 05:47 PM CDT
Reported by Christina Butler:

On Tuesday evening, York City Council members will meet to vote on a variety of issues regarding city codes.
 
Councilman Mike Helfrich says one of the larger issues will be changing wording in a code that deals with abandoned buildings.
 
"When a property owner lets their property get rundown, it is their responsibility to board these things up and make sure the public is protected. When that isn't done, the city comes in and does it and then puts those charges on the owner (of the property). But very rarely do we ever get that money back," he explains.
 
If council votes to accept the changes and the mayor signs it, it would make the property owner responsible for the boarding up and securing of vacant properties.
 
Helfrich stresses that while it appears this is a shifting of responsibility, public safety will not be overlooked or impacted. The city would still make sure buildings were not a danger.
 
He said abandoned properties also bring down property values, in turn raising taxes.
 
The package of ordinance alterations is scheduled to be voted on Tuesday.  City Council meets at 6:30PM at City Hall. The public is invited to the meeting.
Abandoned homes becoming a problem in York


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