Cut your lawn, or your *ss is grass in Long Island town

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(CBS) MASSAPEQUA PARK, N.Y. - Brace yourself for a mow-down showdown in Massapequa Park on Long Island, where the powers that be are imposing big fines on homeowners who don't cut it when it comes to yard work.

First time offenders could be hit with a $1,000 fine. Fines for repeat offenders could reach a whopping $10,000, CBS New York reported.

Officials said unkempt property lowers home values and can create a health and public safety hazard.

Not everybody is on board with the law.

A resident named Joseph said he thinks there has to be a better, more neighborly way.

"I think this is a type of place, I live here because people help each other out, not because they report each other," he said. "If it's an elderly couple that's having problems maintaining their property, I think we should help them out. I don't think we should fine them $1,000."

That would be the unkindest cut of all.