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LANDLORDS PROTEST LICENSING PLAN

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To the dismay of some landlords, the City Council is considering a measure that would crack down on housing- and zoning-code violations.

About 80 people packed the council chambers last week, many to protest the proposal. Several landlords said they fear the program would discriminate against those already meeting housing and zoning codes.The proposed program would levy a $25 base licensing fee plus $3 per unit on every rental building in the city including single family homes.

Landlords said the program would force them to pay fees and to finance inspection programs targeting the few abusers.

"I know individuals who circumvent everything they can . . . and I think all the proper authorities know them," said Ogden landlord George Price.

Council members endorsed the concept in a work session several weeks ago and expect to vote on the proposal at their next council meeting on Tuesday.

Building inspector Doug Smith said the fees would fund enforcement of housing and zoning codes.