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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: December 5, 2022 06:55 AM
From: Senator James R. Brewster
To: All Senate members
Subject: Demolition and Rehabilitation Fund
In the near future, I plan on reintroducing SB 574 from last session. This bill will aid in fighting blight in our communities by establishing a county demolition and rehabilitation fund in each county. This fund is optional for counties to join. 

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 legislation has been amended numerous times since it was introduced in the 2013-2014 session by stakeholders and the General Assembly. This bill is primed and ready to be passed into law. Please support this important legislation. 

Introduced as SB149