Decatur ordinance requiring registration of foreclosed and vacant properties tabled
The Decatur City Council met on Monday, May 18 at 5:30 PM. Among the agenda items was a proposed ordinance that included a $4.5 million grant agreement with the Federal Transit Administration, the issuance of up to $34.4 million in general obligation bonds that will be used to refinance debt, and an ordinance that would require unmaintained properties to be registered and pay a semi-annual registration fee of $200.
MANY ENTITIES HAVE EXPRESSED CONCERNS ABOUT THE PROPOSED REGISTRATION OF VACANT AND FORECLOSED PROPERTIES AND THE ORDINANCE WAS TABLED
While there are merits to this ordinance including an ability to contact responsible parties when their property has code violations, in my view, the Decatur City Council correctly tabled the vote. This will allow the council to reflect on the feedback it has received and revise the ordinance based on citizen input.
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