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Citizen Action Group Discusses New Land Bank Program

Story By: Brigitte Coles

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 11/14/2013

Richland County is addressing the issue of tax-deliquent vacant properties throughout the county. The county has formed a new land bank, called Richland County Land Reutilization Corp. The Citizens Action Group at the North End Community Improvement Collaborative (NECIC), were given an overview about the landbank at their regular meeting Wednesday. County treasurer Bart Hamilton told the residents the land bank wil handle the transfer of tax-deliquent vacant properties to landowners. He said currently there are 5,100 parcels in Richland County.  "It's going to help us to stabilize real estate values in Richland County," Hamilton said. "It's of special interest to this group because we talk alot about vacant properties. We're very interested in how this will work," NECIC executive director Deanna West-Torrence said. Hamilton said the paperwork for the land bank has been sent to the Ohio Secretary of State's office. "The coporation should be officially formed within two weeks," Hamilton said.  A five-member board of local and county officials will oversee the landbank once its in operation. The board will include the Mansfield Mayor, a representative from Madison Township, the county treasurer and two county commissioners. During the meeting several residents voiced their concerns about the land bank process. The residents hope the board will implement guide lines that will ensure a fair transfer process for property landowners.

   
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