Eminent domain pros and cons are many and one could argue that they are fairly equal both ways. The public as a whole can benefit from eminent domain when road and other projects are built to serve the public good. A road for example, may ease congestion and improve travel time for the public. These public projects are usually funded by tax dollars and sometimes even gas tax revenue to help fund various public projects.
When the government or even utility is working towards building a project, they will most likely need private land from private owners. The condemning authority should be offering just compensation for private property, but that doesn’t always happen. If an owner feels that their offer is low, they can hire an eminent domain attorney to assist them and in some cases, get attorneys’ fees recovered. When discussing eminent domain pros and cons, this is definitely a con as most property owners don’t want to sell or be impacted by a public road project.
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