Letter to the editor: Sidewalk burden

To the editor:

I am in disagreement with the editorial support given to the city’s plan for sidewalk maintenance and repair. My displeasure is on several levels:

1. The extensive sidewalk at my home is something I neither want, asked for, nor can get rid of.

2. It is not on my property, but is wholly located in the city’s easement. Not on my property, as in the city can come and do what it wants without my consent to that area.

3. My property is assessed, in part, due to the presence of that sidewalk and I already pay higher taxes due to that assessment.

4. I am further taxed by the requirement to repair and maintain it, while eight of my neighbors in our cul-de-sac pay nothing for that expense and use it for free. In reality, some 50 percent of the homes in my area get use of said amenity for free, while I am burdened with the expense to buy and maintain the equipment to remove snow or pay someone else to do so. Then, there is also the extra insurance coverage I need to deal with any accident that may befall someone using the sidewalk.

If all the city can freely use my sidewalk, then all the city should pay for it.


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