State Says It Doesn't Have Mowing Money

Lack of money at the state level is even affecting its ability to cut grass on rights-of-way.

That means some grassy areas along state highways are likely to stay overgrown.

The issue surfaced at Tuesday's Council of Governments meeting.

Ward 1 city councilman, Dr. George Thomas, says it puts the city and taxpayers in a bad spot.

"Their reason is they don't have any money. Our argument with them is we don't have money allocated for that either and the only place we can get money is raise property tax which we don't want to do," Thomas said. "So, you know, if a local property owner doesn't cut his lot, we can place a lien on that property and get that money eventually. With the state we can't do that so it's just out of the city taxpayers' pocket."

Thomas said the directive also applies to vacant lots the state owns in the city.

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