We’re demolishing your building, here’s the bill…

A West Virginia town is planning to recoup the cost of demolishing 17 buildings from the owners that have left them in a poor state of repair.

City leaders in Wheeling, West Virginia plan to use their home rule powers to recover $209,290 from 17 property owners for demolishing structures that were deemed dilapidated.

“For the first time, the city will be able to use its home rule powers to collect liens,” Councilman James Tiu said regarding the plan that will allow Wheeling to force the sale of neglected property. The program will assist the city’s efforts to reclaim money spent on demolitions, asbestos abatements and related activities associated with the properties.

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