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Blight court holds first meeting

4 years 1 month 4 days ago Thursday, September 18 2014 Sep 18, 2014 September 18, 2014 5:33 PM September 18, 2014 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Jessica LeBlanc

BATON ROUGE - Blight Court is in Baton Rouge again, and homeowners who aren't taking care of their properties may make the list of people that have to go there.

Justin Dupuy, with the Department of Public Works, says the new system is taking the place of the old Litter Court system. Officials say the old system failed because there weren't strong enough tactics in place to make home owners adhere to the citations that are given.

Under the court's rules, once a homeowner is given the initial citation they have 20 days to take action.  If the problem isn't fixed within those 20 days, they're taken to Blight Court where a judge determines how much time they have left to take action.

If they fail to take action within that particular time frame, the city will take and place a lien on the house. If the owner does not pay, it will be added to their property taxes at the end of the year.

"It's valuable to have it in place for the citizens so that you don't have to walk out your front door and see these eyesores," Dupuy said.

Court hearings will be held on the first and third Thursday of every month in city hall.

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