VANDALIA — The City of Vandalia took the first step in what could be the utilization of the Montgomery County Land Bank to address tax delinquent and abandoned homes in the city.
The City Council authorized City Manager Jon Crusey to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Land Bank at Monday’s regular meeting.
Crusey said the City’s current discussions on use of the Land Bank only include residential properties.
“We have a couple of properties that we are looking at that are tax delinquent, abandoned, and have property maintenance issues that make them an eyesore,” said Crusey on Tuesday.
In his Friday Letter to Council, Crusey noted that one of the purposes of the Land Bank was “assisting governmental agencies, such as the City, and other non-profit or for-profit persons to assemble, clear, and clear the title of vacant, abandoned, tax-foreclosed or other real property within the county in a coordinated manner.”
Other purposes include “facilitation the reclamation, rehabilitation, and reutilization of vacant, abandoned, tax-foreclosed or other real property within the county; efficiently holding and managing vacant, abandoned, or tax-foreclosed real property pending its reclamation, rehabilitation, or reutilization; and promoting economic and housing development of the county.”
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