From BTNA member John Countryman via IBJ Online:

City targets mowing violators

City crews this week began responding to complaints about Indianapolis property owners who violate ordinances by letting their grass and weeds grow taller than 12 inches. If a city inspector finds lawns to be in violation, written notice is given to owners, giving them five days to cut the grass. If the owner does not mow the lawn in time, the city pays a contractor to mow the lawn and sends the $290 bill to the property owner. Last year, the city paid $780,000 to mowing crews to cut the lawns of violators, but was only able to collect $490,000 of that. Violators who don’t pay the bills have the charges added to their property taxes.