Lafourche considers crackdown on blight

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Associated Press

Posted on September 29, 2013 at 3:06 PM

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — Several members of the Lafourche Parish Council say they are fed up with derelict buildings and tall grass on local properties and want to strengthen blight regulations.

Councilmen Daniel Lorraine and Jerry Lafont tell The Daily Comet (http://bit.ly/19C9jZR ) they have been working with the parish assessor, the Sheriff's Office, the district attorney and the parish administration to create an ordinance to add all parish upkeep costs to property taxes on such parcels.

Lorraine said his biggest problem with the current regulations is there is no way to force violators to pay for the citations and maintenance costs.

If the measure is approved, the landowner or anyone who buys the property would be required to reimburse the parish for those costs when paying the property tax bill.

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Information from: Daily Comet, http://www.dailycomet.com

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