Should Residents Pay to Repair Sidewalks?

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RANCHO CORDOVA–

In the busiest city council meeting ever, according to city officials, Rancho Cordova residents met at city hall Tuesday night to discuss a proposed ordinance that would require residents to pay for public sidewalk repairs in their neighborhoods.

“In the past, when the county has taken care of it, it has taken up to 24 years to get done,” says Mayor Linda Budge. “It’s about getting these sidewalks repaired in a timely manner.”

But, residents like Ohma Olson aren’t happy about it.

“I’m already a taxpayer. I have lived in my house since 1977! I don’t want to pay for this,” says Olson.

A city official told FOX40 Tuesday that the average sidewalk repair costs about $1,000. Similar ordinances are already in effect in Sacramento, West Sacramento, Elk Grove and Roseville, according to Rancho Cordova City officials.

If the ordinance passes the first hearing tonight, it will be heard again next month.

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