The coming downturn is going to show the truly ugly face of the Nanny State. We've endured decades of layer upon layer of absurd laws and once mood turns towards anger and local revenues get squeezezd, this kind of revenue generation activity by local jurisdictions is bound to increase.Albemarle Road church fined $100 per branch for excessive tree pruning
By Brittany Penland, The Charlotte Observer
Every two to three years, Eddie Sales trims and prunes the crape myrtles at his church, Albemarle Road Presbyterian Church.
But this year, the city of Charlotte cited the church for improperly pruning its trees.
"We always keep our trees trimmed back because you don't want to worry about them hanging down in the way," said Sales, a church member.
The church was fined $100 per branch cut for excessive pruning, bringing the violation to $4,000...
..."We are trying to be pro-active and not trying to fine people excessively," [Senior Urban Forester for City of Charlotte Land Development Division Tom] Johnson said.
In cash-strapped cities across the country, expect every silly law on their books that contains a provision for a fine to be dusted off and inspectors sent out to enforce them.