City Leaders to Crack Down on Property Standards

Shreveport city council member Calvin Lester, is not just putting finishing touches on a lawn in his district, he's making a point. "I also wanted to come out and bring some awareness to the issue," says Lester. The issue is this - low property standards. For whatever reason some property has to be taken over by the city, it's called adjudicated property. "The city of Shreveport spends almost a million dollars a year cutting grass," says Lester. "That's a great drain on our time and resources and what have you," says Mayor Cedric Glover. City Administirator opens Monday's meeting with this: "Lets imagine that we did not have any system whatever, in place for property standards". Mayor Glover along with city council members, administration, and police met to find ways to address the problem, with a map that illustrates six thousand properties that have become adjudicated. "Any of those six thousand pieces of property that we're; one having to maintain, and two not collecting taxes on, it's money that's outgoing and nothing coming in," says Glover. It's a growing problem, in the past five years 1700 pieces of property became adjudicated, several suggestions came from Monday's meeting, one of them - go after those who perpetuate this problem. "Because right now we believe too many people either ignore our efforts or laugh at them," says Dark. The crack down would include individuals who simply refuse to take care of their property and out- of- town companies that profit from buying them.