Local Town Considers Vacant Building Tax

Local Town Considers Vacant Building Tax

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ELBERTA, Alabama -

The town of Elberta is considering "taxing" commercial property owners who have vacant buildings and are unable to find renters.

Councilman Michael Hudson says the town's attorney is researching the legality of a vacant building tax or fine, but tells News 5 the goal is to make downtown a place that people can come and shop and walk from store to store.

Hudson says the vacant buildings in downtown Elberta are eye-sores.

Opponents of the proposal say a tax or new ordinance regulating empty buildings would be unfair and counter-productive.

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