Richmond eyes vacant property tax to fund fight against blight

Two Design Review Board members resign over Council's anti-Israel resolution
Richmond City Hall (Photo by Kathy Chouteau)

Richmond is considering pursuing a tax on owners of vacant properties in the city that are vacant, and using the tax revenue to pay for “blight abatement, code compliance and general revenue enhancement,” according to the City Manager’s newsletter.

The city is inviting residents to participate in two public workshops on Zoom: Wednesday, July 7, at 6 p.m., and Tuesday, July 13, at noon. Register for the first workshop here.

City staff will develop proposals for a ballot measure in the coming weeks that will be reviewed by the City Council, City Manager Laura Sideman said at Tuesday’s Council meeting.