Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Council Reconsiders Sidewalk Repairs Fee

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Council Reconsiders Sidewalk Repairs Fee

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Byline: Matt Galnor, Times-Union staff writer

The Jacksonville City Council will examine whether the city or homeowners should be responsible for fixing sidewalks.

Right now, it's the homeowner who pays -- even though sidewalks are city property.

But the council decided last night to give a Westside homeowner a month to finish fixing his sidewalk before charging him to have the city repair it.

Warren Pierson was given the break after being the first person to appeal a city sidewalk assessment, though the city law dates back to the 1960s.

"The city pays for repairs to streets, which are city property, and the city should pay to fix sidewalks, which are city property," Councilwoman Mary Ann Southwell said.

Since October 1999, the city has assessed 1,144 property owners for hazardous sidewalks and collected more than $370,000.

Pierson was cited in May 2001 for having a hazardous sidewalk in front of his home and was told he would have to pay about $200 to have the city repair it. …

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