Washington County Declares Properties a Public Menace

WASHINGTON COUNTY, MS (Ben Caxton) — Washington County supervisors are getting serious about cleaning up overgrown properties in the county. At this week’s meeting, six properties were officially declared to be a “public menace” which gives the county the authority to step in and clean up and bill the property owners by adding the cost to tax owed. State law allows the county to take matters into its own hands and go onto a property up to five times per year for cleanups of between $300 and $5,000. Lots that aren’t maintained can be a magnet for snakes, rodents, and other pests that can be a public health concern, and overgrown brush can lower area property values.


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  1. Then again, trespassers will be detered.

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