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File #: RES 13-205    Version: 1
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 2/6/2013
Title: Supporting legislative efforts to address the foreclosure crisis.
Sponsors: Kathy Lantry, Russ Stark, Melvin Carter III
Supporting legislative efforts to address the foreclosure crisis.

WHEREAS, the city of St. Paul and communities across the country have been devastated by foreclosures, leaving many neighborhoods with neglected and abandoned housing and declining property values, affecting urban as well as suburban areas and homeowners as well as renters; and,

WHEREAS, foreclosures continue to disrupt the lives of St. Paul residents, particularly harming children who fall behind when their education is interrupted by forced relocation; and,

WHEREAS, many homeowners experience foreclosure when finding an alternative solution would be in the best interest of both the homeowners and the mortgage holders, as well as neighborhoods and local government; and,

WHEREAS, foreclosures result in decreased revenue for cities and counties through lower property values, delayed and uncollected taxes, and unpaid services; and,

WHEREAS, foreclosures especially impact local government by leaving homes vacant and unsecured, meaning additional costs for police calls, fire suppression, building inspections, property securing and boarding, foreclosure prevention counseling, garbage removal, demolition, and administration; and,

WHEREAS, experts estimate that each foreclosed home costs local governments between $5,000 and $35,000 to maintain, depending on the degree of damage and its impact on the neighborhood; and,
WHEREAS, the Minnesota State Legislature passed a foreclosure mediation bill in 2009 that was then vetoed by the Governor; and,
WHEREAS, there have been over 12,000 sheriff's sales in Ramsey County since 2009; and,
WHEREAS, creating jobs and covering the state's budget shortfall are among the top priorities of this year's legislative session, and addressing the ongoing foreclosure crisis is critical to achieving these priorities; and,

WHEREAS, granting individuals a private right of action with possible damages is a stronger mechanism than relying solely on publi...

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