Crestwood considers Prop 1; will add a fee

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While there are no competitive races for the Crestwood Board of Aldermen in the upcoming election, an election is being held in the city as voters determine the fate of a proposal to add a fee to the city’s code.

Crestwood Proposition 1, on the ballot Tuesday, April 6, would impose a seminnual registration fee of $200 for owners of residential buildings that have been vacant for six or more months and are in violation of the city’s housing codes.

The proposition requires simple majority voter approval.

In Mayor Grant Mabie’s February/March “Mayor’s Message” to the city, he said that the proposition would help the city continue to strengthen its neighborhoods and infrastructure by addressing a “handful” of problem properties: “Proposition 1 on this April’s ballot … will assist the city’s code enforcement efforts and dealing with vacant properties.”