A village in Adams County has begun the process of designating the entire community as blighted property.
The Adams County Planning and Zoning Commission approved an application presented by the village of Juniata to move forward with a blight study Monday night.
The designation of Juniata as "blighted and substandard property" would qualify the village for tax increment financing and allow it to use all property tax revenue increases to finance improvement projects in the village.
"This is a way for us to finance things that need improvement," said Marvin Clements, chairman of the Juniata Village Board, who spoke on behalf of the village Monday. "We're in a position where if we don't get proactive, we are going to dry up and die, or get taken over."