Westmoreland could raze blight by raising real-estate filing fees

By: Rich Cholodofsky, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017

Home buyers and sellers in Westmoreland County will pay an extra $15 in filing fees under a plan set to be approved Thursday.

County commissioners expect to vote on instituting the new fee on deeds and mortgages docketed with the Recorder of Deeds office to finance a program to demolish blighted properties.

“There is a lot of need for this, and it’s a good source of revenue to make places with blighted properties ready for redevelopment. It’s a safety issue as well,” Commissioner Charles Anderson said Tuesday.

At least 22,000 deeds and mortgages will be filed in Westmoreland County next year, raising about $330,000 in 2018 for the demolition fund, Recorder of Deeds Tom Murphy estimated.

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