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June 23rd, 2005


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01:55 pm - News Watch - Government can take property for private development.
The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that local governments can use eminent domain to acquire land which is clearly intended for private development, as long as the private development provides a "public benefit."
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From:mgs_naughtycat
Date:June 23rd, 2005 09:21 pm (UTC)
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I believe it has actually been this way for quite a while...
I remember hearing something to that effect a long time ago.
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From:jevim
Date:June 23rd, 2005 09:45 pm (UTC)
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I knew that governments could seize land to build schools, roads, etc., but I wasn't aware that it also applied to seizing a home on the waterfront so that the land can be sold to a private company to build office space. The "public good" claimed here was (IIRC) that the private developer would pay more in taxes, and therefore the seizure was for the "public good" - to increase tax revenues.
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From:mgs_naughtycat
Date:June 23rd, 2005 11:18 pm (UTC)
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Yes, I have definately heard of that happening before.
It doesn't "apply" to seizing a waterfront home... unless of course whoever makes those decisions gets tax greedy. I know that there are a lot of big private developers that use this as just another card trick in the book to be able to gain land that they otherwise would have NO way of paying for outright.
Sad... but true.

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