Jackson will sell city-owned property for $10-$50

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – In an attempt to address the city’s blight, Jackson City Council members have passed an order that would allow for the sale of city-owned properties to homeowners and residents of Jackson.

The Clarion-Ledger reports Mayor Tony Yarber called the Neighbors First Lot Program the most significant program that the city administration and council has worked on.

The program sets up a procedure by which a Jackson homeowner can purchase city-owned properties – vacant lots for $10 or lots with existing structures needing rehabilitation for $50. The city will conduct a period of public education for residents, including publishing where the properties are located, before it begins.

Councilman Ashby Foote said Tuesday Jackson has some 4,000 abandoned properties too unattractive for auction, just sitting under the city or state’s ownership.