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City not getting paid for blight cleanup

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Horne says crews have mowed 4,200 properties since May. Shelby County says they have mowed 214, but only eight or ten owners have paid the bill. Horne says crews have mowed 4,200 properties since May. Shelby County says they have mowed 214, but only eight or ten owners have paid the bill.

(WMC-TV) - Blight is not a new problem for Memphis or Shelby County. Sometimes city and county crews clean up a property and send the owner the bill. Turns out the owners are not paying the bills, which means taxpayers could get stuck with them.

"We have a responsibility to bring all properties into compliance. Whether they are privately owned or owned by other governmental properties," said Memphis Deputy Director of Public Works Neighborhood Improvement Onsey Horne.

Horne says crews have mowed 4,200 properties since May. Shelby County says they have mowed 214, but only eight or ten owners have paid the bill.

Both the city and the county will place a lien on a property to ensure a bill is paid, but they are not being paid. They are still making cleanup a priority and hope this pattern does not continue and fall on tax payers.

The city says they have narrowed down the cost to $57 dollars a mow. The county charges based on the property.

Leaders say there is a solution, but it starts with a turn around in the economy so that property values are maintained and upheld.

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