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Editorial: Adopt fee to accelerate blight fight

By: Editor, Scranton Times Tribune

Published: November 21, 2017

Lackawanna County’s innovative new land bank has gotten off to a good start in its efforts to prevent and reverse blight, improve neighborhoods and spur development.

But the Lackawanna County commissioners have not yet put an important weapon in the land bank’s arsenal.

The state Legislature in 2015 authorized counties to add a fee of up to $15 to deeds, mortgages and other documents filed in recorder of deeds offices, specifically to pay for demolition of blighted property. Filing fees now average about $81, according to the Lackawanna County office.

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