OSWEGO, NY – Recent changes in the law means higher fees charged to negligent property owners.
The Common Council approved a resolution on June 22 that amends Chapter 249 (Vacant and Occupied Property Maintenance) of the City of Oswego Code, providing for a substantially larger surcharge in the event that the city intervenes to remove garbage, debris, mow the lawn, remove snow from the sidewalk and similar maintenance activities.
A new fee schedule has been introduced.
Services costing up to $99 will incur a $100 surcharge.
Services costing up to $199 will incur a $150 surcharge.
Services costing up to $299 will incur a $200 surcharge and those costing greater than $300 will incur a $250 surcharge.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We hope that the much higher fees will send a message to irresponsible property owners that the city is serious about maintaining the neighborhoods,Ã¢â‚¬Â Code Enforcement Director Neal Smith said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Under the previous law, we charged 10 percent on top of the cost of the service meaning that a $30 lawn mowing task resulted in a bill to the owner of $33. Now, the fee for same task will be $130.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Property owners who have questions regarding the changes in the code should contact the Department of Code Enforcement at 342-8265.