HARRISBURG – A bill that would ensure funding for the demolition of blighted properties was approved by the State House of Representative by a strongly bipartisan vote of 163-37, according to State Senator Dave Argall (R-29), who introduced the bill. It now heads to the governor’s desk for final approval.
“This bill gives counties dedicated funding for the demolition of blighted, decaying, rat-infested buildings,” said Senator Argall. “Show me a community, anywhere in Pennsylvania which has faced economic adversity, and I’ll show you a neighborhood where this funding will make a positive difference.”
“I’d like to thank Rep. Tim Twardzik for his efforts to get this bill across the finish line in the House,” Senator Argall continued. “His leadership was invaluable as we worked to ensure this tool to fight blight will continue.”
Senator Argall sponsored Act 152 of 2016, which created ten years of demolition funding. Senate Bill 439 removes the time limit. Since Act 152 was signed into law, 24 counties including Schuylkill County have adopted the demolition program, raising millions per year to tear down blighted and vacant buildings across Pennsylvania.
Contact: Jim Brugger