A good idea came from the southern part of Vermilion County recently when Georgetown Mayor Dennis Lucas formed a subcommittee of his aldermen to investigate city owned properties that are just taking up space.
The three aldermen will study all the parcels of land in town the city owns but does not use to help determine how best to dispose of them.
Possibilities include selling the properties or even just signing them over to neighboring landowners, so they’ll be cared and paid for by someone other than the city.
While Georgetown is talking only about less than a dozen parcels ranging from a sliver of land to a few acres, the amount they’ll save their city in taxes is more than a $1,000 a year, plus more in caretaking costs.
It might not sound like much, but it’s the sort of diligence that small towns are taking on to make ends meet during uncertain financial times.
This is what leaving no stone unturned looks like.
Every area village, town and city would benefit from doing such an analysis on their own properties if they haven’t already or recently done so.
Not only is it a responsibility to taxpayers to get dormant properties off the books, it’s just good business sense.