BG City Commission Restricts Power to Take Your Property

By: Jon Hardison
By: Jon Hardison

Bowling Green's city government now has tighter restrictions on when it can come in and take your property away for public use.

In a 3-2 vote the city commission voted to only allow the use of eminent domain for projects like parks, roads, and sewers.

That means the local government can no longer take private property for economic development projects, a handcuff the mayor argued against.

But Commissioner Brian "Slim" Nash (who cast the swing vote) says it's an important move for local landowners.

"It puts the power back in the hands of the people. When you're negotiating for your property it's got to be an uneasy feeling that if you ask for too high a price, the person you're negotiating with, in this case the government, can turn around and say 'no that's not the price we're going to pay you.' Here's the price we're going to pay," Nash said.

The revised eminent domain law will take effect immediately.


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