State Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis
Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann
To the editor:
Recently, the Daily Journal published a news story about how few options neighborhoods and counties have available to them for dealing with abandoned homes. This is a fair assessment and a problem that plagues many cities and towns across our state.
Abandoned properties attract vandalism, illegal drug use and are a legitimate safety concern. In the long term, they can give neighborhoods a negative reputation, affect local property values and stall community growth. Oftentimes, these houses remain unattended and decaying for several years with local authorities or neighbors unable to take action. The story shed an important light on these frustrations.
Statehouse leaders have been working to solve the abandoned homes crisis for several years now. Unfortunately, this problem has been difficult to tackle because the process for dealing with abandoned homes is lengthy and complex.