The meeting was reported by G-T http://www.gazettetimes.com/news/local/property-maintenance-code-gets-first-hearing/article_e7f4a864-8ede-11e3-8167-001a4bcf887a.html. However, the story made it sound as if there was a balance of opinion on the issue.
Truth be told, most of the 30 or so people in attendance were against the proposed wholesale changes to the code now before the City Council's Administrative Services Committee. An additional Public Hearing is planned for Feb. 25 at 5 p.m. at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library.
From our view, there does not seem to be an overarching need to impose these highest of high, model city standards. All the indices we’ve seen indicate that Corvallis properties already are being regulated to the highest standards with the existing codes, and current code enforcement in place.
This new approach is a bit over the top, a bit capricious, and one might ascertain, perhaps, a bit punitive.
Further, we are a bit disturbed that there is no real cost-benefit-analysis associated with this program. In other words, what is the real economic impact on Corvallis businesses and consumers when initiatives such as this one are imposed?
Finally, if this does go forward, it seems unfair to us that roughly 2/3’s of the half-million dollar annual price tag for this program should come out of rental property inspection fees (that would escalate from $12 a property to $30 a property) when the program is intended to cover all Corvallis real estate properties – rental, residential and commercial. Shouldn’t a more equitable fee structure be considered?
To us, this feels a lot like one of those “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” scenarios. May be it’s better to tweak the existing code and go forward, instead of re-inventing the wheel!