Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty - http://www.will-law.org/
We are hoping to raise funds for legal expenses to fight the Village of
Mount Pleasant's illegal use of eminent domain laws to take our
brand-new home and give it to Foxconn for free.
On October 4th,
2017, we learned for the first time that Foxconn wanted to build its new
LCD manufacturing plant on our property. Prior to the public
announcement, we had not been contacted by anyone from the Village of
Mount Pleasant, Racine County or Foxconn before the public
announcement. David DeGroot and Jonathan Delagrave told the media that
eminent domain would be used as a last resort. However, the very first
notice we received from the Village was a letter from Claud Lois telling
us they were going to take our property due to widening of the
roadways. When I pointed out that we are no where near the roadways,
they said they now intend to take our property under the Blight Elimination and Slum Clearance Act.
In 2006, the Wisconsin legislature signed into law 2005 Wisconsin Act 233
which prevents unblighted homes from being condemned for purposes
of conveying that property to a private entity. The Village of Mount
Pleasant and its high-priced lawyers are trying to find a way to ignore
that law, even though they have offered our neighbors $50,000 - $82,000
per acre for their farmland. If they succeed, they will render that
law meaningless, not just for us, but for all homeowners in Wisconsin.
have said they will pay us fair market value. That amount will not
allow us to rebuild. 1+ acre lots are selling for nearly double what we
paid for ours nine years ago. Plus, new subdivisions require you to
build bigger, more expensive homes. The taxes are much higher and they
have HOA fees. All of those costs would require us to take out a larger
mortgage, which we cannot afford, nor should we have to.
help us send a message to Racine County and the Village of Mount
Pleasant that they cannot bully homeowners and take their property in
order to give it to a multi-billion dollar company. If they or Foxconn
want our property, they have to buy it at our price or leave us alone.
has been an extremely stressful situation for me and my family. After
nine years, we were able to build a beautiful home in a quiet rural area
that we love, and which is close to work and family. We have not even
spent one Christmas there and they want to just take it from us even
though the laws say they cannot.