Four running for Deasy's council seat Ms. Blotzer, a retired special education teacher, said the city should 'try to help property owners stay in those properties' that are at risk of going vacant and steer empty buildings into the hands of community groups.Empty public buildings should be a prime worry of government. Empty schools should be a focus. Empty URA properties.
However, we do not need to take any empty buildings owned by others and put them into public control nor nonprofits.
We need to steer the empty buildings owned by the URA into the hands of taxpayers, not nonprofits, by and large.
The best way to help people keep their buildings is to lower the deed transfer tax. Eliminate that tax so folks can easily upgrade and downgrade without a lot of fees.
The next best way to help people keep their buildings is to go to a land-value tax. Allow for property upgrades without increases in taxes. People should not be penalized for fixing their homes and investments.