SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 61
(By Senator Snyder)
[Originating in the Committee on Government Organization]
Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance study the economic and community development challenges and opportunities associated with abandoned and dilapidated structures in West Virginia.
Whereas, Abandoned and dilapidated residential and commercial structures have negative impacts on local property values and property tax revenue, create increased local expenditures for additional protection and maintenance and serve as health and safety hazards to local communities; and
Whereas, Communities have found that abandoned and vacant buildings create areas for crime and drug activity; and
Whereas, Census data revealed a 41%-increase in vacant structures in West Virginia between 1990 and 2011; and
Whereas, Demolishing abandoned and dilapidated structures may increase property values and economic potential in surrounding areas; and
Whereas, Increased recruitment of local, regional and national business opportunities relies on maintaining clean, attractive and safe communities; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to study the economic and community development challenges and opportunities associated with abandoned and dilapidated structures in West Virginia; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2014, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with dratfts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.