LAS VEGAS (AP) - Las Vegas city officials say they've more than
doubled number of penalties assessed this year against abandoned
and neglected properties.
Mayor Oscar Goodman says the approach is working. He says property owners are cleaning and securing properties against squatters and trespassers rather than face hefty fines or liens.
Officials say the city placed liens on 65 properties from July 2008 through May. That compares with 29 properties in the 2006-07 fiscal year and 26 properties in 2007-08.
From July 2008 through May, the city imposed about $3.7 million in fines against owners of problem properties.
That compares with just under $1.6 million in fiscal 2001 through 2008.
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