Martin Griffin http://michiganradio.org en Jackson launches home demolition program http://michiganradio.org/post/jackson-launches-home-demolition-program <p>The city of Jackson is looking to get more aggressive with home demolitions. Officials razed two houses to kick off its Neighborhood Stabilization Program today.</p><p>Jackson Mayor Marty Griffin says as many as 600 homes in the city appear to be vacant.</p><p>&quot;Most of these houses need more than $100,000 in repair,&quot; Griffin said. &quot;And for a private person to step up to the plate and put that kind of money into a house that they&rsquo;re going to be able to sell for $30,000 is just not going to happen.&quot;</p> Tue, 20 Dec 2011 20:00:00 +0000 Sarah Hulett 5500 at http://michiganradio.org Local elections take place next week as fewer tax dollars flow to Michigan's cities and towns http://michiganradio.org/post/local-elections-take-place-next-week-fewer-tax-dollars-flow-michigans-cities-and-towns <p>Jackson, like other Michigan cities, will hold an election next week. And like in other cities, those elected will face the reality of how they will choose to spend a declining amount of tax dollars.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Both candidates for mayor of Jackson are realtors. And both bring a &lsquo;realtor&rsquo;s optimism&rsquo; when they talk about their city&rsquo;s future.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 03 Nov 2011 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 4799 at http://michiganradio.org Local elections take place next week as fewer tax dollars flow to Michigan's cities and towns