February 7, 2010

What is eminent domain? - Part 1

We grow up being taught that if we work hard, the fruit of our labor will be compensated. With that compensation, we can then choose to spend it as we please on the things we want or need or want to give. For many of us, one of the major purchases we make is a home. Once we own the property, we can sell it, let it deteriorate, take care of it, or we can will it to our children. Some of us take this for granted, but this entire process happens under the blanket of freedom. We have the privilege to choose throughout this entire process. Did you know you can have that "freedom" taken from you, through no fault of your own?

Have you ever heard of the term EMINENT DOMAIN?

Eminent Domain is a legal procedure by which a government body can condemn a property, whether it’s unsafe or not, in order to gain ownership of that property. The most common uses of eminent domain involve the purchase of land for the development of public utilities, streets and highways, railroads, airports, damns, etc.

An example of this is slated to occur in my hometown. City officials are planning the expansion of our local airport through funds and restrictions provided by the FAA. With this expansion, there are a dozen or so landowners who will lose portions of their property by eminent domain. They will be stripped of their "freedom" to keep their land.

More in the next post.

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