12/10/2006

Imminent Eminent Domain?


You might remember a while back that the US Supreme Court made it much easier to take your property away from you in the case of Kelo v. City of New London.

In response to the decision, the Tribune said that there is no reason to be alarmed because the City of Great Falls can only do that to us if the property is "blighted." I researched the issue, and concluded that our City had the power even without a finding of "blight."

I guess it's all moot now. Why? Because the City has declared a big chunk of land on the west bank of the Missouri to be "blighted." You can find the "blighted" area on page 4 of this document.

If you happen to own any of the "blighted" land, I highly recommend that you get an appraisal. Now.

2 comments:

Tom Flynn said...

mfdrTo get an appraisal at this date is not what any property owner should do. The government values the property at a specific date of value and until that date is established, it is far too early for a property owners to get the appraisal. They should wait for the government to make the first move and know what they are dealing with. I've worked with thousands of property owners in condemnation and know this to be true.

GeeGuy said...

Fair enough, Mr. Flynn. I have no reason to doubt you.

But it's coming...