“It’s wrong:” Mayor Barrett speaks out after Gov. Walker signs into law so-called “zombie homes” bill

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MILWAUKEE -- Governor Scott Walker has signed into law a bill that will give lenders up to a year before they must sell abandoned properties known as "zombie homes." It is a move Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett believes will lead to an increase in crime in Milwaukee.

Barrett says these so-called "zombie homes" are unwanted by the lending banks.

According to Barrett, more "zombie homes" means more places for criminals to conduct illegal activity in Milwaukee. He added that it comes down to out-of-state banks making money off of these homes, and Milwaukee taxpayers are forced to pay the price.

"In other words, if they can make money, they're gonna make money, but if there's a loss, they're gonna push it onto the taxpayers of this community. It's wrong. We've seen it time and time again, and it has to stop," Barrett said.

Officials with the Wisconsin Banker's Association said they believe the new law clarifies the process of declaring properties abandoned, and doesn't take any rights away from cities.

5 comments

  • USMC GRUNT 0311, AUTHOR OF SARCASM

    Barrett, just shut up, you have no idea’s of anything to help Milwaukee. Nothing but downhill dangerous crime crap.

  • Fred

    OK Mayor McTrolley, what’s your solution? So far the City has become a total overflowing sewer under your watch. Maybe you should enact legislation that would allow bulldozing the decrepit properties if the owners (be it banks or private citizens) don’t keep the properties habitable. If the criminals don’t have a place to stay they go elsewhere.

  • Democratic Voter, Idiot Hater

    Barrett crime rates are rising because your scared don’t want to do anything “productive” but complain about a trolly or the problem, you! Crime is going to happen but you need to be the leader of this city and not let the crime make Milwaukee seem less attractive toto tourists. Man up. I’m Democrat and didn’t vote for you!

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