Eminent domain allows cities and other government entities to conduct major construction projects that require property that the entities do not already own. These types of projects often include stadiums and multi-use complexes that have the potential to contribute significant tax revenues to those entities.Continue Reading
The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the right of local government entities to take over properties for the purposes of economic development, as long as they provide the former owners of those properties with fair market value in the transaction. The specific case featured the condemning of homes by the city of New London, Conn., in order to allow private entities to develop the area. The condemned homes had significantly lower property tax values than the private development was proposed to have.
The advantages of eminent domain are not universally supported. Because eminent domain allows the government to take away property from citizens, the process causes anger and frustration, as the local government entity is also in charge of setting the "fair market value" of the property; however, the end result of the transaction, which is generally a newer, more attractive (and more lucrative) property, benefits the community, which serves as the motivation for eminent domain.Learn more about Law
Many states, cities and municipalities publish the names of their municipal judges on state, city or municipal government websites. It is not the same for every state. For example, the names of municipal judges in Missouri are available on Courts.mo.gov while those in Seattle are available on Seattle.gov.Full Answer >
The legal distance required between new construction and the property boundary lines is dependant upon the zoning ordinance where the property is located, the Voge Law Office explains. This distance is called a setback, and property owners should consult their local zoning office for setback regulations.Full Answer >
According to the Library of Economics and Liberty, government regulations help avert market failures and improve unfairness within the system, but regulations also pose burdens upon businesses and individuals. Government regulations place limits on the freedom within which one operates; however, the goals of society deem such intervention necessary in some cases.Full Answer >
The property of a deceased person with no family goes to the beneficiaries in his will, but if he dies without a will, his property has the chance of ending up in the hands of the government, according to Nolo. However, in many states, laws are designed to prevent this from occurring.Full Answer >