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Albany city officials study how other city's fight blight

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany city leaders are looking into how other local governments in Georgia fight blighted properties.

Two metro Atlanta Counties and several cities now require owners of vacant properties to register and pay a fee.

City Commissioner Jon Howard said Albany has become saturated with abandoned homes and buildings, especially in the East and South portions of the city. 

Albany leaders are struggling for legal measures to force property owners to keep them up to code. Howard said "So we are looking at what other municipalities are doing, especially around the Atlanta area. Trying to tweak it, make sure if it works in Atlanta, will it work in Albany Georgia."

Officials say vacant properties are breeding grounds for crime and fires, that lower the value of nearby properties.

Fulton and DeKalb Counties and the cities of Loganville, Riverdale, and Powder Springs have enacted ordinances to force owners to be responsible for their buildings.  Albany city leaders are studying their results.

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