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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Who Ya Gonna Call?


Good idea, though I wish it was having more of an impact.

If I could import a beautification program from another jurisdiction, it would be DC's Clean It or Lien It, which levied fines against absentee owners who let vacant properties fall into disrepair or grass/weeds grow to a height that was attractive to vermin. The fines were attached to tax bills, and, if left unpaid, resulted in DC taking ownership of the properties themselves (but that didn't often happen). What did happen was the city mowed a number of vacant and ignored lots and yards and sent whopping bills to the owners.
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