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Foreclosure notification ordinance is just plain dumb

August 12, 2012
Morning Journal News

Here's a nomination for the stupid legislation pile: East Liverpool's proposed foreclosure notification ordinance.

At Monday's meeting, City Council voted 6-0, with Councilman Ryan Stovall absent, for first reading of an ordinance requiring the city to be notified of newly foreclosed properties.

Although there was some question on whether it can be enforced, council proceeded with this needless ordinance.

Councilman Chuck Wade hit the nail on the head when he said he sees about a half-dozen foreclosures listed in each morning's newspaper. Duh ... they're listed in the newspapers. Foreclosures are also available in court listings online if you're not a print newspaper reader. How much easier can we make it? Why should government try to force more policies and cause more paperwork for the private sector by requiring lending institutions to also notify the city?

"I don't know how this will work. It's a good ordinance, but it will be a bugger to enforce," Wade predicted. He's right, it would be "a bugger" to enforce because it's a stupid and unnecessary law. City Council would be wise to give this some more thought and drop this silly idea.



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