Aldermen to Review Code Violation Fines on Neglected Properties

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Rockford aldermen are trying to figure out the best way to punish homeowners who neglect their properties while making sure more eyesores get turned back into livable homes.

There are plenty of empty properties around Rockford that aren't up to city code with trash in the yard, rotted off porches, and other safety hazards, and not fixing those problems can lead to a $750 fine every day for a property owner. In some cases, the fines on a home are more than it is worth and that makes selling it nearly impossible. Now Rockford aldermen want to review how the city negotiates lower fines in order to get a property off the market. Some aldermen want tackle the problem on a case by case basis to make sure the homes don't fall into disrepair again.

"When a property that's been condemned or has multiple code violations and huge fines against it is up for sale, how much should we reduce that fine? The goal is to get the property up to code and stop it from being an eyesore or a danger to the neighborhood," says 5th Ward Alderman Venita Hervey.

Aldermen plan to review this policy during their next council meeting.

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