Vacant building law to curb cost of city services

HUDSON — The Common Council is considering a law that would require property owners in the city to register vacant buildings and pay a yearly fee as long as the building remains unoccupied.

The proposed legislation was presented to the Common Council last August, and it was sent back to the Legal Committee and the new Housing and Transportation Committee for revisions.

The proposed law was expected to be presented to the Common Council for discussion at its informal meeting Monday night.

“It is the finding of the Common Council that buildings which remain vacant, with access points boarded over, are unsightly, unsafe and have a negative effect on their surroundings,” according to the most recent version of the proposed law.

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