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Texarkana may try tax for troubled trees

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Members of the Texarkana, Ark., Planning Commission are considering an ordinance that would let city workers cut down trees on private property if they are considered unsafe.

   The city now can deal with trees on public property, but some commissioners want to address unsafe trees on private property.

   Vice chairman Jason Dupree says the city could add $1 to $5 to water bills to help fund a way to deal with condemned trees, but he wants voters to weigh in during the November election. Mayor Wayne Smith says he opposes adding a fee and would prefer an ordinance targeting irresponsible homeowners. He says fees would harm people on a fixed income.

   The Texarkana Gazette reports the commission talked about the ordinance Tuesday and scheduled additional discussion for Sept. 10.

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