Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Depleted private lot abatement account could get more funds

Cincinnati City Council is considering an ordinance that would make more money available for the abatement of unsanitary buildings and overgrown and blighted private lots.

The ordinance, introduced by councilmember Chris Monzel and drawn up by city solicitor John Curp, would draw $83,950 from two Department of Planning and Buildings operating accounts and transferred it into a Department of Public Services operating account to fund the Private Lots Abatement Program (PLAP), which has run out of money.

The 2009/2010 biennial budget reduced the program's funding to $27,000, or less than 10 percent of its 2008 level.

Through early April, 239 properties had been referred to PLAP, on pace to top last year's total of 1,662.

Last month, city manager Milton Dohoney Jr. requested $310,000 in City contingency funding for the program, but that ordinance has not made it to a council vote.

Funds for the current ordinance had been set aside for the City's census efforts.

Previous reading on BC:
Extra $310K requested for litter, weeds abatement (5/18/09)