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Q: Why doesn't the town cite people with junk cars in their yard?

A: The town does cite people for having junk cars in their yard, provided they receive a formal complaint and following a process defined by regulations.

Gary Butkus, planning specialist for the Payson Community Development office said junk cars are considered to be abandoned vehicles. Abandoned vehicles are public nuisances and are prohibited. "When we receive a complaint, I contact the property owner and give certain number of days to either repair vehicle or get it registered," Butkus said. If the property owner takes no action, a notice of violation is issued. When there continues to be no action, a civil citation is issued. The fine can be between $50 and $1000.

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