MONETTE, AR (KAIT) - The City of Monette is cracking down on their property maintenance ordinance after recently adding an amendment to it.
That change makes the fines more expensive for someone who does not keep their property cleaned up.
Mayor Jerry Qualls said the ticket used to just cost $25 no matter how many times a property owner was cited for violating the ordinance.
"There were no steps up," Qualls said. "It was just continually having the same people doing the same things."
Repeat offenders would often just pay the fine and move on, never cleaning up their property.
So, Qualls said he looked at the ordinances for other towns of similar size and realized their code was not as strict.
"And now the first offense is $100 and the second offense is $250," Qualls said. "Hopefully this will eliminate the problem we've been having. And in a small town, you do have people that neglect to take care of their property."
Qualls said main problems he sees in the city are people not mowing their grass and littering.
He said they want the value of homes in town to stay up, which takes clean neighborhoods.
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