How Has The Demoition Program In Jackson Effected
Burtch, Dobies and some other council members keep repeating that property
values in Jackson are increasing due to the widespread demolition program in effect since 2011.
Now that election season is in full swing, some candidates for mayor and council
claim their efforts in support of demolition and their other programs have increased property values since
they were elected in 2011. Once candidate claimed that average residential property values have incleased from
about $32,000 in 2011 to over $52,000 as of June 30th. The data compiled from city records and available
at the click of a mouse below says otherwise. To see the overall average change for the entire city
click at the bottom of the map.
At the April 28th "Special Council Meeting" on the budget, it was reported in MLive "There
are some wards that have seen an increase of 90 percent in home values,"
Councilman Derek Dobies, 6th Ward, said. "An economic turnaround alone doesn't produce numbers like that."
City manager added that the values have increased 140-200% in some areas. Laura Schlecte added her support
to the claims.
All three public figures supposedly based their opinions on information extracted from the Multiple Listing
Service of the Jackson Board of Realtors and processed by a local "Young Professional".
Burtch may be correct in that they could find one house somewhere in the city that had such a value increase.
It is easy to surmise that for political purposes they would select a home valued at $10k, fixed up and
resold for $20k to support the 200% claim.
Dobies claim of a 90% increase in home values in some wards. Again it is easy to pick and choose to
support statements such as these to deceive the public in defense of an ill conceived and destructive program.
The data compiled and available with the click of a mouse on the map below was taken from the on line
data posted by the city
on the AccessMyGov website (not on any Open Data Portal as promised).
Foreclosures, reconveyance, sales under $10,000, Not Open Market (NOM) were excluded to prevent distortion
of the results. Multiple entries for properties bought as a block (5 parcels bought by same party with the same
price listed 5 times) were recognized and flagged as duplicates so only one entry was utilized.
We feel this process has resulted in a realistic data set which does not support the claims of the city
officials. We are awaiting their comments.