City to add grass-cutting bills to property tax bills

Deidre Cruse

When the City of Plaquemine has to cut overgrown grass on private property this year, the property owners can expect to see the charges on their property tax bills come December, Mayor Mark A. “Tony” Gulotta said.

The city steps in to cut grass and clear private property for health and safety reasons. The price for that recently went up to $100 an hour, plus equipment charges.

In the past, the city has tried billing the property owners directly, but with limited success. This year, the assessor and sheriff will help.

“This year, we can expect to collect,” the mayor said. “Just the threat of doing it has helped. We don't want to cut people's grass...We have enough city grass to cut.”