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Public Meeting on 2 DC Bills Regarding Neighborhood Preservation and Blighted Properties

by Prince Of Petworth January 25, 2010 at 11:00 am 18 Comments

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This meeting will take place Wed. Jan. 27th at 2pm in room 412 of 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. The two bills to be discussed are B18-448 which was introduced by Evans and would eliminate the vacant property registration system and focus only on blighted properties.

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B18-546 which was introduced by Bowser and would keep the vacant property registration system, eliminate the exemptions, allow for an upward sliding scale for registration fee depending on amount of time property is vacant, simplify the citation issuance process, and require property insurance for vacant properties.

You can find links to the full text of the bills here.

Do you think it is a good idea that the $5 – $10 tax penalties be removed for all vacant properties except for those determined to be “blighted.” Which properties do you think should be defined as “blighted”? Do you think the Council should support penalties for vacant properties or only ones deemed blighted?

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