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Rokakis talks blighted properties on BTL on Thursday

Matt Westerhold • Aug 7, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Former Cuyahoga County Treasurer Jim Rokakis is the guest this week on "Between the Lines Live* at 1 p.m. Thursday. 

Rokakis currently serves as director of Thriving Communities Institute, which supports land bank programs across the state, including in Erie County. The state recently awarded Erie County almost $473,000 to demolish abandoned structures on blighted properties.  

"Vacant properties discourage virtually every Ohio community, drag down property values and make neighborhoods less safe," Rokakis told the Register for a story earlier this year. 

There are an estimated 1,600 properties in Erie County that are considered tax delinquent and past efforts at bringing property owners current on back taxes have fallen short of the goal. The Erie County land bank program seeks to partner with other similar efforts in the county and also is seeking reforms of delinquent tax collection efforts to support an ongoing revitalization effort.

Thursday's program will be shown live and interested viewers are encouraged to ask specific questions about the program to eradicate abandoned properties.

Also, Morgan Addinton-Hodge, the new Funcoast.com Magazine editor, makes her debut of BTL. 

"Between the Lines" is the area's only public affairs talk program and all prior segments of BTL are available for on-demand viewing anytime at sanduskyregister.com/opinion/blogs/betweenthelines.

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