Lamar County commissioners held the first reading of an upcoming blight tax, called a Community Redevelopment Tax, to become a new section of the county code. It will raise ad valorem taxes by a factor of six on unoccupied property that is deemed blighted.
If the property has been abandoned, and the owners have left or filed bankruptcy, how will the county collect the taxes? Will this new tax make it more difficult to sell blighted property? I don't want to buy a foreclosure with taxes set a six times the rate of neighboring properties. I suspect those properties will become even more "blighted." I think this idea needs to be thought through a little more.
Who is to determine this is a case of Blight? This is additional nonsense, in my opinion, of greedy persons who dont have a clue of what they are doing. If it is bankruptcy,or abandoned, it is probably in a state of forclosure.
This was a first reading. A second will be required before approved. All of y'all that know better than the elected officials have time to contact them and express your thoughts AND show up to the second reading to make comments. OR, do you really just want to post negative comments on a blog?
Better yet, some of you same ones that think you know so much better should put your name on a ballot!