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City of St. Paul Park proposes vacant house fee

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Saying vacant houses are an increasing problem in the city, the St. Paul Park City Council expressed support recently for a proposed program that would register empty properties as a way to better monitor unoccupied homes.

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Planning commissioners have been studying the issue of vacant homes for months, and the council last week directed planning staff to draft a proposed ordinance creating a program that would levy a fee on the owners of empty residential structures.

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