Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Sounds like a case for WILL

Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty -

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.

They 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.

Please 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.

This 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.

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