Mow Your Lawn Or Get Fined

Residents of the Illinois town of Peoria may want to take time this weekend to mow their lawns. That's because the city has boosted the number of citations for unruly grass by more than 73 percent this year.

Those fines begin at $30 but can escalate to as much as $500 for grass that's at least 10 inches tall.

Records show the city has issued 1,069 citations so far this. That's up from 617 the city gave out through May of 2009.

Code enforcement manager Linda Lard says the city is handing out more citations for unmowed grass because of an increase in foreclosures and abandoned property.

Officials have also issued about 2 percent more work orders to have private property mowed. That costs about $70.


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  • by Hears Your Dime on May 31, 2010 at 10:57 AM
    If you don't like someones, yard ask them if they to sell and pay them what they want. Then you can't fuss any more.
  • by Anonymous on May 31, 2010 at 08:29 AM
    You might be a redneck if you walk in your yard and jump up a rabbit.
  • by okayheregoes on May 31, 2010 at 06:23 AM
    It amazes me to no end how many folks just can't keep their nose in their own business (or yard, for that matter). If you are that upset by a little grass, go offer to mow it for them! (oh no, can't do that... just sit around griping and complaining, huh?) This is the problem with the world nowadays... too many fingers in everybody's pie! Maybe they can't afford the gas to make YOU happy!
  • by Anonymous on May 31, 2010 at 12:00 AM
    The state should switch to artificial turf and homeowners can just use weed killer if they don't wanna mow. I hear brown is the "in" color right now. (What can brown do for you?)
  • by Farmville on May 30, 2010 at 08:10 PM
    The town has made it impossble for me to mow my grass, they burried a water line across my yard, screwed up the drainage and now it is a swamp. So what now, I am thinking about having my yard declared a protected wetland.
  • by k Location: ayden on May 30, 2010 at 06:16 PM
    wish they would enforce this in Pitt Co...we do our lawn and the neighbors(who lives in another state and has abandoned the house and will not sell) so to keep whatever may be lingering in that yard away we take care of it..so not right
  • by hmm on May 30, 2010 at 05:45 PM
    this should be enacted in Beaufort County. Its amazing how in a span of time as short as 10 years how much people have stopped caring about their grass. The DOT included.
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