Quincy's Fix or Flatten Program has been selling abandoned properties to developers and renovators for years, but some city leaders now say the program needs a makeover itself. Some members of the city's finance committee say its a good program, but it needs adjustments.
City Finance Committee Member Paul Havermale says the city budgets to take care of properties in the program, but he says the quicker they can get them back into the tax rolls the better to help recoup some of the costs.
"I do think there's a value to it," said Havermale. "I just think we need to really look at on the other end when we get ready to sell what's the most advantageous for the taxpayer."
Havermale suggests changing the requirements for bid acceptance. Right now the city must accept the highest bid. But he says sometimes a lower big may could make the city more money in the long run. For instance, someone who wants to put in a building rather than a parking lot, where more tax revenue would come in.
City Planner Chuck Bevelheimer says the program is the city's best option when it comes to cleaning up the neighborhoods.
"I think it's the only way that the city has to address blight that becomes a problem for all of us," said City Planner Chuck Bevelheimer.
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