(KCPW News) Utahns could soon be able to contribute to the cleanup of houses that are contaminated by methamphetamine through their tax returns. A bill sponsored by Democratic Senator Karen Mayne would allow residents to a make a donation on their return to help organizations like Habitat for Humanity rebuild contaminated homes and put them back on the market. Mayne says these properties shouldn’t go to waste.
“That’s what Habitat does. We build homes for people. We build clean, either new, or we take those kinds of homes that are damaged and we take them right to the ground,” she said. “We do not build upon a damaged home. We do not build upon a poisoned home. We give a clean environment for everybody to live in our homes.”
Mayne is a board member for the organization, and says there is a need in the community for her bill. She noted one situation that took place in South Salt Lake.
“The neighbors called us and said, ‘Help us, this is a damaged home,’” said Mayne. “So we went in and we destroyed it and we built a clean home. We might have a flood of them or we might have one or two, but we have the those funds in place to clean up that neighborhood.”
The bill crossed its first hurdle in the Senate yesterday when it passed unanimously. Last year, Mayne’s bill passed in the Senate but died in the House.
Story by Whittney Evans