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Why enact a tree ordinance?. Planning ahead saves later costs. Dead trees are costly to tax payers:. Reduction of unhealthy trees can reduce storm damage costs. Dead trees on private property can damage public property. Today tax payers pay for clean-up on public property when trees fall.

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why enact a tree ordinance
Why enact a tree ordinance?

Planning ahead saves later costs

dead trees are costly to tax payers
Dead trees are costly to tax payers:

Reduction of unhealthy trees can reduce storm damage costs.

dead trees on private property can damage public property
Dead trees on private property can damage public property

Today tax payers pay for clean-up on public property when trees fall.

This ordinance would allow recovery of costs of clean-up from property owners previously notified to take care of a hazardous tree.

trees are are also assets
Trees are are also assets.

Trees reduce stormwater run-off, cool the air and increase property value.

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Article about 3 Oaks from Mount Vernon seedlings –(George Washington trees in Kline Park)

Trees are a part of our heritage:

a tree ordinance is a step towards becoming a tree city
A tree ordinance is a step towards becoming a Tree City.

Tree City is a designation that identifies the community as one that cares about their environment and increases points for many types of grants.

A Tree Board advisory committee from City Beautiful can educate the public about good environmental management, nominate heritage trees, and give advise for planting selections on public property.