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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: January 8, 2019 09:20 AM
From: Senator James R. Brewster
To: All Senate members
Subject: Optional County Demolition and Rehabilitation Fund
In the near future, I plan on reintroducing SB 735 from last session, with a few updates. This legislation amends the Real Estate Tax Sale Law to establish a county demolition and rehabilitation fund in each county.

The governing body of a county may, by ordinance, impose a fee not to exceed $250 for the sale of any property being sold pursuant to this act or pursuant to an action for mortgage foreclosure. A public notice shall be provided stating the establishment of the fee and its rate.

In addition to the purchase price, the bureau conducting the sale of the property or the sheriff in a mortgage foreclosure shall collect the fee.

The fund established may be used by the county, any not-for-profit or pro-profit corporation that has a contract with the county or a taxing district, redevelopment authority, land bank or other government entity, for the demolition or rehabilitation of blighted property located in the county.

This bill has passed unanimously in Senate committees and floor votes for the past few sessions. This legislation is vital to our communities to be able to fight blight. I ask your support to get this legislation to the Governor’s desk for his signature.

Introduced as SB438