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By Joelle Embres | Agent in Parkland, FL

Sunrise approves plan to put code liens on property tax bills

Owners of ugly, vacant or dilapidated properties in Sunrise, take note.

If city workers are sent in to mow the grass, clean the pool, board up the house or put up a fence, property owners will find the cleanup costs on their tax bill.

City commissioners unanimously approved the plan Tuesday.

Hallandale Beach, West Palm Beach and Palm Beach County all have a similar law on the books.

"This is a smart way of handling this," Mayor Mike Ryan said. "And it's fair to the taxpayers."

Property owners will first receive a bill from the city. If they fail to pay, the repair costs will go on their tax bill. Homeowners who don't pay their tax bill by April 1 every year risk losing their property.

Traditionally, cities place a lien on the property, and can wait years until the property is sold to collect.

Sunrise had 670 property maintenance liens with a total of $145,180.59 due as of Sept. 1, city records show.

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