Fairfield homeowner may face $49,170 special tax

By From page A3 | May 03, 2014

FAIRFIELD — A special property tax assessment of $49,170 is proposed to cover code enforcement at a residential property where the city says 59 tires, more than 100 bicycles and bike parts, along with four inoperable vehicles were stored – and debris, dead trees, old oil-based paint cans and other materials were removed.

A new fence was also installed on the property at 274 Daphne Drive, according to a city staff report that recommends the Fairfield City Council adopt a resolution that the Solano County Tax Assessor, through a special assessment against the property tax, reimburse the city for its costs.

A neighbor complained in October 2012 about conditions at the site. Code enforcement officials found problems that included overgrown landscape, an inoperable vehicle located in the driveway, inoperable vehicles in the yard, a dilapidated fence and accumulated junk, according to a city report.

Vegetation had to be cleared to removed vehicles stored in the backyard and during the abatement the city said it discovered hazardous materials of old oil-based paint cans, some of which leaked out of containers and on to the ground.

Solano County Superior Court Judge Scott Kays issued a nuisance abatement warrant in June 2013 at the request of the city. The warrant allowed the city to enter the exterior of the property to abate violations.

A hearing to abate a public nuisance occurred in February 2013 at the property, where the couple who own the site refused access to the back and side yards, according to the city.

The $49,170 represents the cost of code enforcement, including $8,172 for city staff time.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

Ryan McCarthy


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  • GemmaMay 03, 2014 - 5:58 am

    Wow. So someone was actually living at the property, while it looked like this. I wonder if they're hoarders, and have an actual illness, or if they're just lazy, or what their deal is? It doesn't matter to me one way or the other, because people shouldn't have to live around crap like that. Kudos to Code Enforcement, and I think the homeowner should have to pay for the costs of removing and disposing of the junk. There's no such thing as a free lunch, and the city has to pay to dispose of the junk.The city shouldn't have to eat the cost.

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  • FedUpMay 03, 2014 - 10:09 am

    Someone at Code Enforcement should look into the person who is putting all the handwritten Queen Mattress signs all over Fairfield. There is a mattress store in Fairfield I suspect it is their signs. Low budget advertising. These signs are trashing our city.

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  • concernedpbodydriverMay 03, 2014 - 7:51 am

    Can someone please report the house next to the recycling place on Peabody? It's starting to look the same as this home. There are broken cars all over the yard. It's definitely an eyesore.

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  • misterantsMay 03, 2014 - 1:02 pm

    concernedpbodydriver - Why don't you?

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  • BSMay 03, 2014 - 9:27 am

    You can report it!!! This house looks like half the houses in Fairfield. Why just this house. What about the lawn mower repair shop on Union at Tabor. The City is selective in it's enforcement. Go after everyone, not just one old senior citizen.

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  • fed-upMay 03, 2014 - 10:16 am

    FAIRFIELD GOT IT'S PANTIES IN A BUNCH,- CONFISCATES CARS & BIKES from PRIVATE PROPERTY ! Big Gov., vandalized greenery and builds fence w/o permission then demands payment. Note: It's legal to dispose dried paint, when paint is exposed to air it dries thus paint that leaked out a can would have dried,, it doesn't travel far before it dries not a hazard but Gov is when it's too big and out of control !, we the people need to regain control at all levels , right now there is a push to repeal the 16th amendment that's the one that created the IRS to tax us or else....if you are a tax payer then please visit this link http://www.teapartypatriots.org/repeal16/ I'm not affiliated with this group but I am Fed-up with the Gov.

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  • fed-upMay 03, 2014 - 10:21 am

    if you are a tax payer please visit this link /www.teapartypatriots.org/repeal16/

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  • FredMay 03, 2014 - 11:34 am

    Has Fairfield City Council & PD looked at some of Fairfield’s front lawns lately (I use that term loosely)? I see cars parked on their front "dirt" cuz their driveways are choked with non-op cars that haven’t ran in years. Not to mention the trash & weeds three feet deep. Hope those two new code enforcement officers they just hired are going to address those as well.

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