Watkins

2020

Policy

Eliminate Residential Blight

Every Person deserves to live in a community that is clean and safe. Free from abandoned homes, that drive down neighborhood desirability, property values, and have the potential to bring on undesirable elements. 

Problems to Be solved

Problems to Be solved

  • Macon Municipal Court has issued 600+ demolition orders that are still open.

  • Code Enforcement has 2000+ open residential blight cases.

  • A 2016 Property Survey revealed more than 3500 abandoned homes that surveyors graded C or worst. view report here.

guiding principles:

Goals

To eliminate all substandard housing in Macon-Bibb thru direct intervention the County and Land Bank Authority, must aggressively pursue owners and corporations and hold them accountable for the conditions of their property, and where appropriate be willing to acquire, manage, and clear titles and liens to aid in development and neighborhood restoration. 

As Mayor, I will...

As Mayor it will be will be one of my early priorities to quickly eliminate  all the substandard residential properties in the county. In order to accomplish this goal, I will fund this iniaitive with a $35 million Bond Issuance in order to fund the acquisition and remediation of all open cases, by courts and code enforcement county-wide.  

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