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Morriss Points to Courts as Issue with City Blight

November 12th, 2021 by WCBC Radio

City officials are continuing to work on addressing the large number of dilapidated properties in Cumberland- although the biggest part of the problems seem to stem from the courts.  The issue revolves around properties that go to tax sale and wind up in perpetual limbo with no tax revenue and no clear ownership while the property continues to deteriorate.  Mayor Ray Morriss tells WCBC News that even when an owner is identified-  the process to force that person to repair and maintain the property is challenging…