Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Slated for Demolition

You may recall that I previously posted about the primary election which was held in Nebraska on May 15. On the ballot in Sutherland were two propositions that would allow the Village to enact a 1% city sales tax, with half used for infrastructure and half for economic development. It was not only defeated, but went down in flames at about a 3-1 margin.

 Those people who voted no are more interested in saving pennies than saving their town. The building pictured below, which I photographed in an attempt to sway voters to vote yes, has been condemned, deeded over to the village and is slated for demolition.
An economic development friend of mine says she has seen buildings in a more derelict state than this one be saved - by a community that has the drive and will to devote resources to saving instead of tearing down. It will take tax dollars to demolish this building... would that money be better spent in stabilizing it and seeking a developer that could transform it into a tax generator - property, sales, income - rather than a tax drain?

That's my soap box for the day.

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