City Of Jamestown Lawmakers Look To Correct $100 Housing Court Fee

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JAMESTOWN – Lawmakers in Jamestown are looking to correct a city ordinance that the state’s Unified Court System says was “double-dipping.”

The Jamestown City Council is slated to vote on removing a $100 housing court fee during next Monday’s voting session.

The fee is generally imposed on Jamestown homeowners who face housing code violations, on top of other fees imposed by the court.

The court reopened nearly a month ago, after being closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

That was welcome news to many in city hall, as officials are ramping up efforts to fight zombie properties around the city.

Specifically, the municipality is taking owners of these properties to court in order to clean up blight, paid for via funding available from the New York State Attorney General’s Office.

Properties will be acquired through a legal process called 19A and seven through what is known as a zombie lawsuit.

In the end, the city Director of Development hopes to get the properties in the hands of prospective homeowners.


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