Short-term rental property owner Cassandra Kordecki prepares her home

Lake Geneva property owner Cassandra Kordecki, shown working inside her property last year, has entered a not-guilty plea on the municipal ordinance violations. (File photo/Regional News)

A Lake Geneva property owner is pleading not guilty in the city’s first municipal citation alleging a short-term rental code violation.

Cassandra K. Kordecki, 49, recently was issued two citations for allegedly operating a tourist rooming house without a permit.

The citations were issued Feb. 16 and Feb. 23.

It is the first time the city has issued citations against a property owner who has been suspected of operating a tourist rooming house without a license, under new city regulations implemented last year.

The maximum penalty is $1,000 per violation, although court records indicate that Kordecki has been ask to pay $243 for the Feb. 23 citation and $124 for the Feb. 16 citation.

Kordecki was scheduled April 3 to appear in Lake Geneva Municipal Court on the citations. She did not make a courtroom appearance, and Municipal Judge Henry Sibbing said she has pleaded not guilty in writing.

Municipal citations are administrative and not criminal in nature.

A pre-trial conference for Kordecki was scheduled for 4 p.m. April 24.

The city adopted an ordinance last year establishing regulations for short-term rental property owners. As part of the ordinance, such property owners must register with the city, obtain a city permit and obtain a tourist rental house license from the state.

The city also requires a $2,000-a-year registration fee for short-term rental property owners.

In the past, Kordecki has been a vocal critic of the city’s rules, calling the registration fee “outrageous.”