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Neglected yards mean higher bills for homeowners
Neglected yards mean higher bills for homeowners

WHITEHALL, Mich.—  Neglected yards will likely lead to higher winter tax bills for some homeowners in Whitehall.

A city ordinance requires homeowners to keep their lawn maintained, with grass at or below six inches in height, on average. Those with unkempt yards get a notice from the city to trim their grass within 15 days, or the city will call in a private company to do the work, and the bill will be forwarded onto the homeowner.

City Manager Scott Huebler says this year, just two yards required a private trim, costing the property owners approximately $122 and $141 each.  Huebler says one of the unkempt properties is owned by HUD America.

The Whitehall City Council is expected to pass a resolution to tack on the yard bills to each homeowner’s winter taxes during its regular meeting November 12.