To the Editor:
Absentee property owners in southern Minnesota are becoming a real issue. They do not care about the communities, so they let their properties become neglected, and often hazardous.
Grass not cut and neglected maintenance, and the properties becoming eyesores for the community are always common, but many times it is worse.
Damage to other property from their property neglect causes hazardous conditions. It puts additional burdens on local governments and the people who live in the community.
Some absentee owners pay their taxes and some don't, but in most cases their neglect decreases the surrounding area as much or more than they pay.
If southern Minnesota communities are going to remain viable, all properties must be kept up and communities cannot allow commercial or residential properties to look worse than the ghettos of metropolitan areas.