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Boyd County Fiscal budget aims to knock down dilapidated homes

Published: Jun. 25, 2021 at 6:39 PM EDT
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BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) - After concerns from the community about abandoned homes mounted through the years, Boyd County officials are making a change.

With the unanimous approval of a $35 million budget, Boyd County Fiscal Court has found a way to tackle dilapidated homes.

“Instead of just citing these properties time and time again whenever it gets to a certain point, if it’s for safety reasons or a certain point. We will have money available to go in and tear down the unsafe structures,” said Boyd County Judge-Executive Eric Chaney.

The money will be built into code enforcement’s budget and use delinquent tax dollars to knock down the properties.

“We are essentially going to create a land bank without creating a land bank,” Chaney said. “We will have the money from the delinquent taxes brought in, and we’re just going to be able to put that money into a fund and handle dilapidated properties around the county.”

Chaney said he knows the investment will be worth it, as they’ve seen the benefit of doing it in the Westwood community in years past.

“We owned a couple of properties in Westwood, and we ended up tearing down the homes, put grass seed down. We ended up selling the properties back and putting them back on the tax roll. There’s a lot of places where it can be done.”

The budget saw an overall increase, mainly due to an $11 million bond passed for a large-scale economic project.

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