Galt City Council to Tackle Vacant Homes

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(Galt, CA)
Monday, January 14, 2008

Galt has an estimated 300 vacant homes, and the city council wants to take action to keep them from becoming eyesores or magnets for crime.
Other Central Valley cities, such as Manteca, are already cracking down on the banks that own the properties.
Assistant City Manager Jason Behrmann says Galt could follow suit.
BEHRMANN: "Put them on notice that they only have thirty days to fix their property. If they don’t then there are administrative penalties that we can start imposing."
Behrmann says the city could raise the fine for non-compliance from a thousand dollars a month to a thousand dollars a day.
The council is scheduled to receive a report at Tuesday’s meeting from the city attorney that will include recommendations.