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Vacant-house fees eyed to raise revenue in Schenectady

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When there’s nothing left to cut, there’s just one thing to do: increase revenue. That’s what the city’s codes department plans to do, by cracking down on rental certificates, Building Inspector Eric Shilling told the City Council. This year, the department focused on collecting fees for vacant housing. “Looking forward to seeing how much we can do,” Shilling said. City rules require owners to pay a vacancy fee that increases with every year the house ...

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