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Not cutting your grass can cost you

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) - Growing grass is becoming a problem for some homeowners.

Eastern Iowa communities typically have a nuisance ordinance stating how long grass can be before the property owner must pay up.

Last year, Cedar Falls mailed out a total of 280 grass nuisance letters. Already this year, 160 have been sent out.

"If somebody complains about them. We typically don't go looking for them, but if somebody complains about them then we're responsible for going out and inspecting the property, seeing if it's no longer in compliance," said Cedar Falls Park Division manager Mark Ripplinger.

In Cedar Falls, when a letter is sent, a property owner has seven days to comply.

If the grass isn't cut after a week, another letter is sent giving five more days.

After that, the lawn is cut by the park division and the property owner gets billed.

The typical cost for a residential yard is $100.

Online News Director Nate Leding

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