At Tuesday's meeting, the Gila County Board of Supervisors looked at a new program that would clean up abandoned buildings around the county and then sell them for the restitution costs.
Supervisor Tommie Martin said through the program, the county pays the upfront cost to repair abandoned buildings, but will then be reimbursed for its efforts when the revamped properties are sold. Many of the buildings are part of tax sales to be auctioned off, but in their current condition, no one will buy them, Martin said. Beyond being eyesores and dragging neighboring valuation prices down, the buildings create opportunities for drug use and other criminal activities, she said. "No part of the county is without a piece of property that has just an unbelievable amount of mess on it."