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Kansas City owed $1.26 million for having used tractors on private lawns

Monday, August 16, 2010

Millions of dollars are due to Kansas City because of lawn-related charges.
Millions of dollars are due to Kansas City because of lawn-related charges.

The failure of citizens and certain businesses to have used tractors is costing Kansas City more than $1 million.

According to a report from the Kansas City Star, the failure of certain properties to conform to the city's ordinances and keep yards maintained has led to its workers doing those jobs.

As a result, the more than 3,700 properties that required the city's care have led to a bill of $1.26 million. David Park, head of the Kansas City Neighborhood Community Services Department, told the paper that the municipality could be owed at least $1.5 million by the end of the summer.

And the problem may only get worse as more properties in the area fall into foreclosure, leaving no one to take care of them. The city's now defunct developmental office is also one of the top contributors to the problem of uncut lawns.

Towns across the country may have ordinances that dictate that lawns be kept at a certain height while also being free of weeds. Not conforming to these rules could lead to fines.

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