Charlotte Flickinger, with the Illinois Housing Development Authority, says a statewide property tax credit would stimulate growth and development.
"These homes attract crime, they're a blight, they drag down the property values of other houses, so we need to give local governments a tool that they can use to offer a property tax incentive for folks to move into these houses, to fix up these houses, rather than just demolishing."
Flickinger says the tax credit would bring in more local tax revenue in the long run. Local governments would be able to choose whether to offer the tax credit. It would only be available in depressed areas for people willing to invest in rehabbing the houses.