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Summit County Congressional members try to get help for cities on demolition costs

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: February 20, 2013

Two lawmakers who represent part of Summit County are working together to try to help cities pay for the demolition of abandoned and vacant homes.

U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Cleveland, and Rep. Dave Joyce, R-Russell Township, introduced legislation Wednesday that would provide $4 billion for the local issuance of bonds to cover the cost of the demolition of run-down houses. U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo, is also a sponsor.

"Communities in the 11th Congressional district, including Cleveland and Akron, have been hit hard by the foreclosure crisis," Fudge, whose district includes a sliver of Summit County, said in a news release.

Fudge and retired U.S. Rep. Steve LaTourette, whom Joyce replaced in representing the 14th district that includes the northern part of Summit County, introduced this legislation in the last session, but weren't able to get it passed.

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