Land Bank of Blue Springs

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Missouri Land Bank Legislation
Missouri Land Bank Legislation, which became effective August 28, 2012, authorized any municipality located within a county that had a land trust operating on January 1, 2012, to create a land bank agency. That legislation also provided that any property owned by the county’s land trust would be transferred to the newly created land bank agency as soon as possible after its formation.

On March 3, 2013, the City of Blue Springs passed Ordinance No. 4429 creating the Land Bank of Blue Springs. Properties in Blue Springs currently held by the Jackson County Land Trust due to non-payment of back taxes will be transferred to the Land Bank of Blue Springs as soon as possible, but no later than one year after the date of the ordinance. In the future, all properties sold for back taxes where the bid was not sufficient to pay the judgment will be transferred to the Land Bank rather than the Jackson County Land Trust.

Land Bank Purpose
The purpose of the Land Bank of Blue Springs is to return non-revenue-generating and non-tax-producing land to usefulness. The land bank agency is composed of a Board of Commissioners consisting of 5 members, all of whom are residents of Blue Springs. Three commissioners were appointed by the Mayor of Blue Springs, one commissioner was appointed by Jackson County, and the other commissioner by the School District.

The property held by the Land Bank includes parcels for development, as well as many vacant lots that can be used for gardening and other productive uses.

Members
  • Eric Johnson, Chairman
    Initial Appointment: May 2013
    Re-Appointed: May 2014
    Term Expires: May 2018
  • Cindy Hood, Vice Chairman
    Initial Appointment: May 2013
    Term Expires: May 2016
  • Bill Cowling - School District Appointee / Commissioner
    Initial Appointment: December 2013
    Term Expires: May 2015
  • James May, Commissioner
    Initial Appointment: May 2013
    Term Expires: May 2015
  • Janet Rogers - Jackson County Appointee / Treasurer Initial Appointment: May 2013
    Re-Appointed May 2014
    Term Expires: May 2018