City fines Youngstown property owners, says they didn’t cut grass

youngstown, ohio grass cutting fines

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – First News has been covering the city of Youngstown’s plan to cut the grass on vacant lots.

Part of that plan involves charging a fee to property owners when the city has to go in to mow it.

Wednesday, the city’s Special Assessments Board heard from 18 property owners who were charged that fee for not cutting their grass. They received notices in the early spring, and then the city went in to cut the grass twice… and sent a bill 300 dollars to the property owners.

“The grass-cutting problem is getting to an overwhelming point, that the city just can’t {do it all},” Youngstown Public Works Deputy Director Charles Shasho said. “We need to have property owners take responsibility for their lots.”

For the majority of property owners who appeared Wednesday, the city cut the fines from 300 dollars to 150 dollars. Many owners said they had cut the grass before the city stepped in.

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