Regarding your recent article concerning sidewalk violations and repair costs: It should be noted that the reason why the city is doing it is so that they will not be held liable for people who injure themselves on cracked, uneven pavement.
It is my opinion, as a homeowner, that homeowners do not own the sidewalks in front, or along the side of their houses. This is city property. I do not have any rights of ownership to the sidewalk. It is a city law that I am responsible for city property.
This is extremely unfair and unjust to ask homeowners to absorb the full repair costs of property that belongs to the city. In my opinion, it is only fair that the homeowners should be allowed to write off a substantial amount of the repair costs against their real estate taxes.
(Pete Buchta is a Prince’s Bay resident.)
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