BLBA Update-Coronavirus

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BLBA Applications are now being accepted. Here is what you need to know.

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Play your part in Neighborhood Revitalization

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Neighborhood Revitalization involves the cooperation/collaboration of all parties.

Property owners must maintain their properties and stay current on their property taxes.

Every yard cut and every house torn down represents thousands of dollars that the city of Birmingham must spend on property that it does not own.

Every property tax bill that goes unpaid represents revenue to that city will not have to fund operations.

Play your part. Make sure that you aren’t one of the many absentee landowners that neglect their properties or fail to pay taxes.

Also, you are ineligible to purchase property from the Land Bank if you own tax delinquent property or own code deficient property.

Check the attached list to see if you currently own property in the Birmingham Division of Jefferson County that is delinquent.

Birmingham Division Delinquent Properties

Bessemer Division Properties

 

June Informational Session

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Join the staff of the Land Bank as we provide an overview of current Land Bank programs and and address your general questions.

These sessions will take place on June 13 at 9:30am and 5:30pm . We will meet in the 2nd floor Gallery of Distinguished Citizens at Birmingham City Hall.

If you would like our staff to visit your local group or organization, please feel free to message us so that we can make the  proper arrangements.

We look forward to working with you.

Birmingham Land Bank Authority Signage

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As you drive around Birmingham, you may periodically see 4 foot by 4 foot signs that mention the Land Bank.

The text on the signs read as follows:

“THIS PROPERTY HAS BEEN CONVEYED TO THE BIRMINGHAM LAND BANK AUTHORITY AND IS SUBJECT TO A QUIET TITLE ACTION. PERSONS WITH INFORMATION REGARDING THE PRIOR OWNERSHIP OF OR INTEREST IN THE PROPERTY ARE REQUESTED TO CONTACT THE LAND BANK AUTHORITY AT 205.254.2309. THE BIRMINGHAM LAND BANK AUTHORITY IS LOCATED AT: 710 N 20TH STREET, BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA 35203”

Each property that we acquire must go through the quiet title process. Near the end of that process, Alabama state law requires that we post these signs on properties before they go to court.

If you know of someone that owns or is an heir of the owner of a property where a sign has been erected, please alert them and have them call the number on the sign.

Long story short, when you see this sign on a piece of property, it is likely no longer available for acquisition through our program because someone else has entered into contract to purchase and develop it.

Our three person staff has been responsible for over one hundred signs being placed throughout the city. As this post is typed, attorneys are working to close and convey these properties to the numerous citizens that have invested in this program and in the City of Birmingham.

There are thousands of other properties available for acquisition at www.birminghamlandbank.org .

 

CATALYTIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

We routinely receive inquiries from individuals and groups interested in purchasing a large number of properties for residential or commercial development.

If you fall into this category, we recommend that you contact our City of Birmingham – Community Development Department or Economic Development Departments to present your plans.

If supported, they will be able to direct you to us for site assembly.

CATALYTIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

As outlined in section 3.1 of the Birmingham Land Bank Authority’s Policies and Procedures, Applications and requests for catalytic development opportunities identified in plans and projects adopted and supported by the City of Birmingham will receive special consideration by the Birmingham Land Bank Authority(BLBA).

If you are an non-municipal person or organization that desires to acquire a large number of properties for development, we recommend that you contact our Community Development Department and Economic Development Departments with your plans so that they can make sure your plans align with the goals of the neighborhoods and City of Birmingham.

The BLBA routinely works with outside agencies and entities referred to it by City of Birmingham departments. If your department or entity that your department is partnering with on any type of catalytic development project desires to acquire property through the BLBA, we request that you follow the procedure outlined below:

  1. Submit project form via email to eric.fancher@birminghamal.gov. On that document, please include the following:
  • Please provide a short project narrative
  • Please attach proposed site map
  • Please provide the following for each eligible parcel requested:
  • Parcel #
  • Owner
  • Location
  • Photograph
  • Please provide funding source
  1. Submit online application for properties at birminghamlandbank.org
  2. Present to BLBA Board of Directors for approval.
  3. Execute purchase contract.
    • Intergovernmental agreement if funds are expected to be transferred from city account to BLBA account
    • Conventional purchase agreement if outside entity will be furnishing funds
  4. Remit earnest money/full amount depending on agreement.
  5. The BLBA will then commence acquisition of properties for your organization.

Please send your questions and information to eric.fancher@birminghamal.gov

Senior Citizen or Disabled Property Tax Exemptions

Periodically, we run into the situation where an applicant has applied to acquire a tax delinquent property that an elderly or disabled citizen currently owns and resides in.

Many of these individuals qualify for senior citizen or disability exemptions at the Jefferson County Tax Assessor’s Office.

Get peace of mind and please check on all of your friends/family members to make sure that they are current on their taxes and/or have sought all exemptions that they may qualify for.

From the Jefferson County Tax Assessor’s Website:

“To apply for senior citizens or disability exemption you must bring proof of age (birth certificate or drivers license) and most recent Federal and State income tax returns to the Tax Assessor’s office between October 1 and December 31 to be eligible for exemption on the next years tax. · You must own and occupy the single family residence. You must be 65 years of age or considered disabled as of October 1. · To apply for the disability exemption, we require 2 proofs of disability (letter from doctor, social security, or company disability letter stating the individual is totally and permanently disabled). · Total or partial exemption is based on income. Anyone over 65 years of age will be entitled to exemption on the State’s portion of property tax. · This exemption must be claimed in advance. The current tax bill will still need to be paid. This exemption must be renewed annually. · Person claiming exemption or someone with power of attorney can claim the exemption. Exemptions for Organizations: · Property owned by an exempt entity and used totally and exclusively for religious, charitable or educational purposes shall be exempted from payment of property taxes. · The entire property must be used for the purpose for which application is made. · Religious or charitable ownership or non-profit use does not automatically exempt the property.”

Please contact the Birmingham Tax Assessor at (205)325-5505 or the Bessemer Tax Assessor at (205) 481-4125 to discuss these and any other exemptions.

Gaynell Hendricks, Tax Assessor
Room 170
716 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd N
Birmingham, Alabama 35203 Phone (205) 325-5505

Charles Winston, Assistant Tax Assessor, Bessemer Division
Room 209 Courthouse
Bessemer, Alabama 35020 Phone (205) 481-4126