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Mayor's proposal would crack down on overgrown weeds, litter

City leaders joined Cranley at this Price Hill lot to announce the proposal. (FOX19) City leaders joined Cranley at this Price Hill lot to announce the proposal. (FOX19)
CINCINNATI (FOX19) -

Mayor John Cranley wants to increase fines for overgrown weeds and litter on Cincinnati properties.

The proposal, known as the Private Lot Abatement Program, was announced by Cranley on Friday in front of a junk-filled yard in Price Hill.

The city has received more than 27,000 complaints about litter, tall grass, weeds and trash dumping since 2012, according to a release from the mayor's office. The proposal would crack down on problem properties and landlords who receive multiple citations.

“Those landlords don't keep their yards cut and clean of junk, which harms the quality of life and can lessen the property values of an entire street,” said Cranley.

Provisions of proposal include:

  • Reducing height requirement for citing overgrown weeds from 10 inches to 6 inches.
  • Increasing fines and fees for overgrown weeds and litter for repeat offenders. The mayor says those fines would range from $500 to $2,500
  • Enlist community partners to help reduce weed and litter violations with lot owners responsible for the cost.
  • Pursue unpaid fines and fees through property liens and court judgments against offenders.
  • Use modern technology to more efficiently cite and track owners who don't maintain their properties.

City council will vote on the Private Lot Abatement Program in the coming weeks.

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