Ohio House approves land banks for more counties

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Posted: Dec 17, 2009 11:11 AM

The Ohio House has overwhelmingly approved a proposal that would allow more counties to take over foreclosed properties, fix them up and return them to private ownership.

The House voted 83-14 on Wednesday to expand the use of land banks outside of Cuyahoga County. The bill would enable any Ohio county with a population greater than 100,000, or with a population between 78,000 and 81,000, to establish a land bank. The bill must still be approved by the Senate.

Cuyahoga County officials, dealing with one of the worst foreclosure problems in the country, lobbied hard for their ability to run a land bank last year. The Legislature approved a pilot program for the county.

County officials around Ohio saw success in Cuyahoga County and wanted the power to run a land bank.