The City of Aurora, also called the “City of Lights” is giving homeowners 60 days to remove holiday decorations or face escalating fines – starting at $50 for the first act of non-compliance. Voted into existence in early 2006, the ordinance has drawn ire from both local and national media. Known nationally as “The Grinch Law”, the ordinance got press as far was Jay Leno. What is the purpose behind the rule? To improve community appearance and preserve Aurora Real Estate values. It isn’t clear when the 60 days actually run out – 60 days after Christmas Day or 60 days after New Years? Of course this isn’t the only ingenious method the city has come up with to make money off of its residents. This past summer, Aurora again enacted lawn watering restrictions. This, in and of itself is a great thing – however, they neglected to post any signs about it. In the past, signs were posted in each neighborhood spelling out the restrictions and when it was permissible to water. This year – no signs. You know, I love following the rules, but I also love knowing what those rules are so I can follow them. So, to you, citizens of Aurora, make sure your decorations are down before Friday, February 23rd or you might enjoy a visit from your friendly local Ordinance Enforcement official.