They Want To Take Your PropertyPosted by on Friday, January 4th, 2013
So, let’s say you violate your city’s municipal code. Most of us do. Usually, it’s things like taking the trash cans out too early or forgetting to register our pets on an annual basis. But, what if we have a junk car on our property? Of course, that is out of the question, especially if vegetables on the property are out of the question.
Now, cities are mulling the idea of whether they can have your goods removed from your own property if they deem the goods to be in violation of city code — this includes cars.
The proposed amendments, which sparked public outcry last October, give the county’s planning and zoning director authority to have derelict vehicles and buildings deemed a public nuisance removed from private property if the property owner does not comply with a notice of ordinance violation within 30 days. The cost of removal, holding of the vehicle, and disposal would be billed to the property owner and collected as county taxes are collected.
Ok, so perfect! Not only do they want to take your belongings from your property, they want to bill you for it! Even junk cars have value. If they didn’t have value or purpose, nobody would keep them. They might not be your idea of a nice thing to view, but that doesn’t mean we need to remove them just to make things look tidy.
Stealing is wrong. Stealing to improve the subjective aesthetic value of a community is still wrong.
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