Pa. Counties On Track To Get Millions For Blight Demolition

Nov 1, 2016


A blighted property on the 1100 block of Market Street near Cameron Street in Harrisburg, Pa.
Credit Lindsay Lazarski / WHYY

A proposal for a $15 deed and mortgage recording fee awaits Gov. Tom Wolf's signature.

The fees collected would go to counties, which would have to use the money to demolish blighted structures.

Communities often struggle to deal with abandoned buildings. Some are left to deteriorate after owners die; others are a casualty of absentee landlords. The dilapidated structures detract from neighborhood aesthetics, property values, and safety.

The bill's suggested fee would've generated $14 million statewide in 2013 and nearly $12 million last year, according to estimates from the Department of Revenue.


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