Why Taxpayers Pay Millions to Mow Lawns and Maintain Foreclosed Homes

Why Taxpayers Pay Millions to Mow Lawns and Maintain Foreclosed Homes

A Victa lawn mower.

We see a TON of lawncare being performed as well as utility bills, vandalism repair, cleaning, and other preservation tasks that are super expensive.  The only positive note is that several contractors and crews are being employed to conduct all this activity.  However some really take to the fact that they are a “government employee.”

On the subject of foreclosures, Jonathan Karl of ABC News/YahooNews reveals why taxpayers are paying millions of dollars to mow yards of government-owned vacant properties.

The housing bailout has already cost taxpayers $124 million, he said, and now they will spend millions more to fix up the properties for sale.

“Taxpayers also foot the bills to paint walls, fix cabinets, plant flowers and more — expenses that just last year, exceeded a half a billion dollars,” Karl reported.

See the full article here:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/mickeymeece/2012/04/10/why-taxpayers-pay-millions-to-mow-lawns-and-maintain-foreclosed-homes/

Does this make sense to you?  Or should the government just push properties through quicker to avoid these tasks?  Would love to hear your thoughts below.

brett@treorealtors.com
brett@treorealtors.com
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