Who should pay for sidewalks
Original post made by just wondering on Feb 17, 2008
The Willows area as I understand it in the past wanted a rural atmosphere and now with increased traffic and many more youngsters walking on their way to school, the need for sidewalks has become a priority.
The same need can be applied along Santa Cruz as well.
I have heard no one say anything about funding for these projects. It surely seems to me that homeowners in these local areas, should be paying at least part of the expense. It is an improvement to their homes and will increase their property values.
If these property owners are going to be assessed say 50 percent of costs, is community support going to disappear?
There is no free lunch here. This should be resolved sooner and not later in this process.
on Feb 17, 2008 at 7:08 pm
Since many of us have had to pay to maintain and even replace the so-called parking strips (aka "sidewalks")in front of our own houses, it would seem only fair that other property owners with new sidewalks pay a pretty penny when these are installed.
They have escaped payments so far even though others of us have had to pay numerous times for the upkeep of "sidewalks" in front of our homes that others (and their guests and city staff and contractors) use and abuse.
on Feb 18, 2008 at 12:23 pm
john boyle's brigade out in full force yet again. parroting his quotes almost word for word.
on Feb 18, 2008 at 3:44 pm
Well if Boyle's position is part of the cost should be born by homeowners, than I must confess it is probably the first opinion of his on which I have ever agreed. Amazing