Taxpayers foot bill for mowing at many area neglected properties

Every week this summer, complaints have come in about at least 15 Franklin homes, vacant lots or empty businesses, where the grass and weeds are growing too tall.

Street department workers load up the mower and trimmer and head over to the property.

When they’re done, a bill for at least $200 is sent out. But since often the homes are in foreclosure or abandoned, taxpayers are usually the ones picking up the tab.


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