Jefferson County tweaks nuisance property ordinance
FAIRFIELD, Iowa —
Jefferson County is tweaking its nuisance property ordinance.
The county has received several complaints recently about neglected properties.
The Jefferson County Board of Supervisors met with county attorneys this week to discuss a new way to enforce cleanup.
The current ordinance requires the county to spruce up neglected properties, and then add the cleanup costs to the owner's property tax. But, Supervisor Lee Dimmitt said that reduces property value.
Instead, the board hopes to put the responsibility back into the hands of property owners by penalizing them with a fine.
Violators will have a month to pay, and if they don't, the county will consider taking them to court.
Right now, county attorneys are drafting a version of this proposal.
Then, it will be returned to the supervisors for a final vote.