The city now can slap “blighted” properties with a seven-fold property tax boost under a new law approved at the Dec. 15 City Council meeting.
The “Community Redevelopment Tax Incentive Program,” available under state law, provides for the tax boost until the blighted condition is removed. The extra revenue must go to “community redevelopment.”
Blight is defined as meeting at least two of several conditions listed in the law, including abandonment, long-term code violations or repeated illegal activities. The law applies only to commercial or multifamily residential properties.

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