Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Local governments' crackdowns on vacant homes sounds eerily similar to socialism. Huh?

Posted By on Tue, Feb 8, 2011 at 8:57 AM

Abandoned homes are magnets for crime, bring down property values, and harm quality of life. Local governments want to crack down on the problem.

One solution: Require property owners to register abandoned homes — for a fee — so code enforcement officials know who to contact about squatters, graffiti and trees growing out of the roof. Not everyone's down with the idea, says the AJC:

But critics, including a number of real estate agents, say the laws are more about raising money than restoring vacant properties.

“It’s a sign of desperation,” Snellville Mayor Jerry Oberholtzer said. “It basically says we can’t fix the problem, so we’re going to live with it and try to make some money off it. That’s socialism right there.”

We hereby announce this an open thread dedicated to eliminating socialism. Discuss what you wish.

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