Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Mayor works with Republicans to fight blight

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann issued the following statement and pictures. 

Secretary Hosemann Teams Up With ‘Revitalize Mississippi’ to
Restore Properties to the Tax Rolls and Eliminate Blight in Jackson

Jackson, Miss.—A clean residential property with a mowed lawn is a great improvement over an overgrown lot topped with a long unoccupied, crumbling structure.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and Dr. Jim Johnston, founder of the non-profit “Revitalize Mississippi,” announced an effort to tackle this reality and improve neglected neighborhoods at a press conference today. Secretary Hosemann simultaneously announced the commencement of an online auction of 611 tax-forfeited properties in south Jackson.

The goal?  Eliminating blight, breathing new life into Jackson communities, and returning tax-forfeited properties to the tax rolls to increase revenue for the city, county, and schools.

Before and after photos of a State-owned tax-forfeited property
in Jackson cleaned up by the non-profit organization Revitalize Mississippi.

 “When one of our tax-forfeited properties is restored to the tax rolls, we want it to stay there,” Secretary Hosemann said. “Revitalize Mississippi is helping us find buyers who are invested in their neighborhoods for the long haul.”

Since late 2016, Revitalize Mississippi has worked with the Secretary of State’s Office to ready tax-forfeited properties for purchase.  When a person connected to the community applies to the State to purchase a parcel and indicates on their application they are working with Revitalize Mississippi, the organization cleans up the lots and performs demolition, if needed, at no cost to the buyer or the State.  The State then reduces the sale price of the property to the buyer “to account for the cost of clean-up and removal.”  See Miss. Code § 29-1-57.

“This is a grassroots program aimed at long-term success and sustainability,” Dr. Johnston said. “The citizens we have worked with have a great vision for their neighborhoods, and Revitalize Mississippi wants to help them achieve it.”

Newly-elected Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba is on board. 

“Working together with organizations like Revitalize Mississippi, we can move Jackson forward,” Mayor Lumumba said. “I am encouraged by the commitment I have seen here today to ensure all of our communities are safe and healthy places to live and work.”

To date, Revitalize Mississippi has cleaned up 48 State-owned lots and performed 16 demolitions of deteriorated homes or other structures on State-owned lots.  Demolition includes asbestos inspection and abatement.   Another 190 applications related to State-owned properties remain on a wait list for clean up or demolition.

For more information about Revitalize Mississippi, visit www.revitalizeMS.org, or e-mail jim@revitalizems.org or andy@revitalizems.org.

More About the Jackson Auction

Bidding is now open in the online auction of 611 properties located in Jackson, south of Interstate-20 and west of the Pearl River.  The parcels are valued at an estimated $6.4 million, and money raised should be distributed to cities, counties, and schools.

Bids may be submitted online in the current Jackson auction on the Secretary of State’s online auction portal until Wednesday, August 16, 2017, by 11:59 p.m. CST.  To place a bid, a user is required to register online.  Users may view property details such as parcel location, pictures, and an auction map.  Other information, such as auction dates, bid notices, and market values of property are also available online.  Successful bidders will be notified by e-mail as soon as possible after the auction closes, and payment of the bid amount must be paid within fifteen (15) days of notification.

Alternately, buyers are permitted to pay a “Buy It Now” price on any parcel in the auction, which allows them to purchase a property more quickly instead of waiting until the end of the auction.  “Buy It Now” payments are due five days after receipt of notice from the Agency.

In recent years, successful auctions in Bay St. Louis, Greenville, Greenwood, Hinds County, Jackson, McComb, Meridian, Pearl River County, Rankin County, Waveland, Vicksburg, and Yazoo City have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Mississippi schools, municipalities, and counties.
To learn more about tax-forfeited properties, visit the Public Lands section of the Mississippi Secretary of State website, http://www.sos.ms.gov/Public-Lands/Pages/default.aspx, or call the Public Lands Division at (601)359-5156.


Anonymous said...

Dr. Jim Johnston has braved some very unfriendly political waters to build
a nonprofit grassroots organization that can "Revitalize Mississippi" blight.
Now if the politicians will follow through and support this effort! Congrats to Dr.
Johnston and the donors to his nonprofit.

Anonymous said...

Getting the Mayor and state officials together on the same page - any page - would be a HUGE first step in stabilizing Jackson.

Anonymous said...

By my count, he's worked with 4 mayors now to this point. A lot of folks would've lost interest by now. Not Jim Johnston. Jackson needs more like him. The world does too, for that matter. Thank you, Jim!

Anonymous said...

Good to see Chock-Lite sign on, but, would he have if it would cost the city a dime?

Anonymous said...

Got it backward 920, its good to see Dilbert sign on. But would he have done it if he couldn't at least get a couple of good press releases out of it?

Think this is a great program and glad Gilbert didn't try to keep it bottled up any longer than he has, a timeframe that can be measured in years. Not specifically this concept but in general working with anybody about getting rid of these drug havens on the tax forfeit property lists. Cudos to Johnston for putting this together, and will give a pat on back to Delbert for working thru the deal.

Anonymous said...

Our new mayor is showing up in all sorts of appropriate places to show that he is aware of and working on solutions to City problems - blight, as shown in this instance, potholes, as shown when he stood over the demonstration of the material from the Gluckstadt corporation, and infrastructure, when he showed up on site at a recent main break. And that's just the few that I caught while flipping through news channels.

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