Misuse of eminent domain hurts small property owners

Posted: Friday, October 31, 2003

All across the country, states, cities and other government entities are misusing eminent domain to take private property from little property holders for the benefit of corporations and other large property owners.

Everyone agrees that eminent domain is necessary; otherwise, it would not be possible for the government to build a highway or road or provide for other needs. In many areas, however, the government is using eminent domain to bring corporations into their area to increase taxes and jobs.

In one town, a church that was a landmark was required to sell its property to the city under the right of eminent domain. After the city acquired the property, the city sold it to a business because the business would bring more tax revenues and jobs to the city than the church.

This is the wrong use of eminent domain. We should insist that the people who represent us in our state and in the federal government become advocates of the small property owner by passing laws stopping this.

Esther Rhines, Kenai

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