Alderwoman Triplett wants to put the smack-down on deadbeat property owners.
Tuesday morning, deadbeat property holders who let their buildings crumble will once again find themselves in the crosshairs of some pending aldermanic legislation.
If the bill
that Alderwoman Kacie Starr Triplett
introduced on Friday succeeds, any structure in St. Louis that's been abandoned for six months and violates building code will go into an online registry.
Its owner will get $200 tacked onto their real estate taxes. If they don't pay, they'll get hit with a $250 fine and the city could foreclose on the property.
According to the most recent estimate from a spokesperson for the
mayor, there are about 900 city-owned and 4,000 privately-owned vacants
in St. Louis.
Triplett says her bill applies to both
residential and commercial properties, and banks and mortgage companies
would have to comply. Furthermore, all vacant properties would be
required to have an "authorized agent" in the St. Louis area. "No more
P.O. boxes or LLC's," Triplett said.
Triplett introduced a similar bill
last June with several co-sponsors, but it never got out of committee.
In December, we blogged
about an ordinance
designed to step up pressure on owners of nuisance properties. That measure, however, targeted illicit activity (such as prostitution, gambling, etc.). Triplett's bill targets inactivity
Tomorrow's hearing is at 9 a.m. in room 208 of City Hall.