Waynesboro pursues legislation on blight

By: Dustin Daluska, The Record Herald

Published: May 2, 2017

Buildings with boarded windows or structures that are falling apart are an eyesore in any community.

Places that fit that description are often referred to as “blight properties” and several exist in Waynesboro.

Last week, Waynesboro officials took their fight against blight to the next level in an attempt to find a way to bring money back to the borough for costs associated with eliminating distressed properties.

Waynesboro Borough Manager Jason Stains attended the Statewide Blight Task Force meeting last week at the state capitol in Harrisburg, where he spoke about Waynesboro’s pursuit of legislation that would place an additional fee on all building permits.

According to the resolution approved by Waynesboro Borough Council on March 1, fees collected would be transmitted quarterly to the state Treasury Department, with the expectation that half of the fees would come back to that municipality and the remainder to the Department of Community and Economic Development for the purpose of blight abatement grants.

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