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Government-backed Group Counts Vacant Houses.

A report released today says more than 25,000 vacant and abandoned properties cost eight Ohio cities at least $63,000,000

The report by Columbus nonprofit Community Research Partners showed that Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Ironton, Lima,Springfield, Toledo and Zanesville have lost millions in services and tax revenues as vacant residences and abandoned lots have mounted. The study was commissioned by ReBuild Ohio, a coalition of local government, nonprofit and civic organizations.

Researchers said that Dayton and Columbus were able to provide complete data. But many of the smaller cities, as well as Cleveland, could not. So, the total costs of 63 million dollars are likely to be much higher.