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Wyoming Looks to Reduce Number of Vacant Properties

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Wyoming is looking at a bill that could lead to fines for the owners of vacant properties. (Nick Layman/WBOC) Wyoming is looking at a bill that could lead to fines for the owners of vacant properties. (Nick Layman/WBOC)

WYOMING, Del. -- The Town of Wyoming is looking to cut down on the number of vacant properties through a proposed law that would require those locations to be registered with possible financial penalties if the remain that way after a year.

Town council members are set to vote next month the bill, which has been the subject of hearings and meetings over the last few months. If passed, a fine starting at $250 could be issued for properties that remain vacant after a year and further penalties would accumulate the longer a property remained that way.

Wyoming Mayor Dale Rife said many of the properties in question were purchased following foreclosures and are owned by banks, other entities or persons who are entirely absent and don't do any maintenance.

"Maybe if we start putting a little pressure on these banks they will sell them at a reasonable price and people will be able to purchase homes and fix them up and come into our town to actually live," she said.

Additionally, Rife said the registry aspect of the bill would help protect emergency personnel like firefighters by letting them know when a building is vacant.

"If the fire comes in there, we don't have to send firefighters in there and take a chance of a firefighter losing their life or getting hurt," she said.

You can read more about the bill on the Town of Wyoming's website.

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