CivicSource puts abandoned homes back on tax rolls

The Daily News

Published 7:18 am Friday, July 8, 2016

Just after 8 p.m. Wednesday, the house at 322 Caswell Ave. got something it hadn’t had in a long time — an owner.

It’s not clear who owned the home or when anyone last lived at the address. The unassuming residence is today hidden behind weeds as tall as a person. A window is broken. Around the side of the home, underneath the carport, a door stands open. The smell of mildew hangs in the summer heat. But all that could change thanks to a bidder and the CivicSource program. Earlier this year, the city board allowed CivicSource, a private company, to auction off abandoned homes in Bogalusa.

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