Anti-blight bills headed to Gov. Rick Snyder's desk
Thu, 05 Dec 2013 16:16:40 GMT —
Michigan is close to enacting laws designed to crack down on the owners of blighted properties.
Bipartisan legislation given final approval Thursday by the state Senate would subject property owners to potential jail time if they don't pay blight-related fines.
Other bills designed to fix weaknesses in the current blight enforcement process would streamline the lien process to ensure judgments are paid and streamline procedures to garnish wages from people who don't pay blight fines.
Cities also could decide against issuing zoning approvals or building permits to anyone with blight violations under the legislation.
Supporters say the bills are designed to put teeth into a 10-year-old anti-blight law so there are consequences. Some have complained that banks won't be subject to the new enforcement despite them not maintaining foreclosed homes.