County Council Forms Land Bank

Erie County Council Tuesday resolved two issues relating to gaming revenue that have been points of controversy in recent weeks. It voted to form a land bank — again — and to release $720,000 of funds to the Greater Erie Community Action Committee.

Council voted 5-2 on the land bank ordinance. Members will now be charged with making appointments to the nine-member land bank board. Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper will make two appointments to the board, which will then have to write policies and procedures before formally beginning work.

Land banks work to put vacant, blighted and/or tax delinquent properties back into productive use. The county opted to form its own land bank after state lawmakers earmarked $1 million of its gaming revenue from the Presque Isle Downs & Casino for such purposes. Dahlkemper vetoed an ordinance passed by the last session of council in December that would have established the land bank under the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority.

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