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News 4 Investigates: Municipality charging too much to mow lawns?

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Deborah Canada says Florissant is charging too much to the cut the lawn at her mother's house. Her mother is in poor health. Credit: KMOV Deborah Canada says Florissant is charging too much to the cut the lawn at her mother's house. Her mother is in poor health. Credit: KMOV
FLORISSANT, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Deborah Canada's mother, Mary Baskett is 82-years-old and in poor health. She is unable to mow her Florissant lawn and relies partly on neighbors to help her with the job.

Canada admits that recently her mother let the lawn grow too long.  The City of Florissant ended up sending a city crew out to mow it. The city then sent Baskett a bill for $190.

Canada thinks that is outrageous even asking, "Did they cut it with a pair of scissors?"

Canada asked News 4 Investigates to look into the issue. Reporter Chris Nagus contacted the City of Florissant and was told the charge is a combination of two fees, $145 for mowing and $45 for administration.

Louis B. Jearls, Jr., Director of Public Works in Florissant told News 4 the city has already mowed 1,300 lawns in 2016.  He says the city "does not operate a lawn mowing service" nor does it want to. He says $190 is the normal rate.

News 4 Investigates checked with a few surrounding suburbs and found a wide range in charges for such mowing services.

In St. Peters, administration fees of $40 and $14 per hour, per mower, could add up to a similar bill depending on the size of the lawn.

In Chesterfield, the fee ranges from $50 to $200, the higher fee being for lawns with special mowing requirements.

But in O'Fallon, Illinois, the charge averages about $40.

Canada says she understands the positions the cities are in but still says she will not pay her mother's bill, on principal. That could lead to a lien being filed against the property.

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