Bluffton developing program to fight blight

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The town of Bluffton is developing a plan to get rid of dilapidated and unsafe buildings within its city limits. The Affordable Housing Committee recently approved a tiered program to provide money to owners of property that city officials deem unsafe. Owners who report less than 80 percent of the town's median household income of $65,486 can apply for payment.

If owners make more than the median income, a five-year lien for the cost of demolition will be placed on the property. The lien is in place to ensure owners don't use public funds to improve their property and then turn around and sell for a profit. If a property is deemed a hazard to public safety, no lien will be placed, regards of income.