Moultrie Observer

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March 28, 2012

City, county sign land bank agreement

MOULTRIE — The Colquitt County Commission and the City of Moultrie have signed an interlocal cooperation agreement to establish the Moultrie–Colquitt County Land Bank Authority.

The public purpose of the authority is to return property that is not generating revenue or taxes to an effective use to provide housing, new industry and jobs, according to a press release from the City of Moultrie.

The board is comprised of four members, two representatives from the county and two appointed from the city. Commissioner Luke Strong and Zoning Administrator John “Click” Peters represent the Colquitt County Board of Commissioners. Council Members Angela Castellow and Lisa Clarke Hill represent the City of Moultrie. Castellow will serve as the first chairperson of the group, with Peters serving as secretary.

The Land Bank Authority can receive or acquire property that has been abandoned, sold for taxes, purchased, acquired by lien, or donated. The property can then be sold, exchanged, or otherwise disposed of by the authority to return the property to a tax generating status. Land banks are regulated under the Code of Georgia as to organization and operation.

The newly formed Moultrie–Colquitt County Land Bank will be working closely with the City of Moultrie in seeking grant funding for a blight and dilapidated structure removal project in northwest Moultrie, the city said.

“The authority foresees using the organization as an effective tool in helping remove blight, abandoned structures, and unsafe housing throughout the county,” the city release said.

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