City Considers Cost-Recovery Bylaw For Nuisance Properties

Prince George, BC, Canada / CKPG-TV
City Considers Cost-Recovery Bylaw For Nuisance Properties

The City will soon have a new tool to deter those who own nuisance properties, which require frequent visits from City staff and RCMP. The idea was put forward by Councillor Brian Skakun, who says he was shocked to hear there were more than 700 calls to the Connaught Motor Inn by the RCMP.
“It’s a deterrent and it’s a way to make property owners more accountable,” he says. “I don’t think it’s fair that the people (of Prince George) have to pay for bad tenants.”
He says other municipalities, like Surrey and Nanaimo, currently have such bylaws which get so specific as to affix a price to who attended a call, whether it was a Corporal or a Sergeant.
The idea got overwhelming support around Council Chambers.
“A great portion of our budget goes to policing,” says Mayor Lyn Hall.
The matter has been referred to staff who will draft a bylaw that can address all the challenges.
“We have to do it right,” concluded Councillor Skakun.

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