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"We've had a few places around town that had not been mowing their lawns," said Wilton City Administrator Chris Ball.

Untidy lawns are only part of the problem according to Chris Ball.

"Washing machines , limbs, old tires and broken down machinery, things like that," said Ball.

 It's causing neighbors to complain and even worry about the neighborhood's property value.

"If you have a neighbor that has junk all over their yard, and doesn't mow their lawn, then obviously that deteriorates the property value for surrounding neighbors,"said Ball.

It's been a recurrence that city leaders says they've had enough of. They've decided to take action by increasing the penalties.

"We wanted to make it stiff enough  where a person would take it on themselves to clean it up and keep it up. Then we wouldn't have to worry about it," said Ball.  "They were limited to 100 bucks originally."   

First time offenders will pay $750 and second time offenders will pay $1000.  The penalty increase is causing people in town to have mixed emotions.
    
"People don't want to buy a house next to somebody that doesn't take care of it and it doesn't take a whole lot to take care of your house," said Steve Kaufmann

"I don't believe people should be fined for having a messy yard. It's your yard and you choose what you want to do with it," said Tyler Alexander.    

Either way, the City Administrator says the price might be steep, but the solution is simple.

 "If a person just keeps up their yard..mows it, when it needs mowing," said Ball.  "They really won't have any problems with me at all."