ITHACA, N.Y. -- The City of Ithaca has come up with a new way to pay for sidewalk repairs. Mayor Svante Myrick signed the new plan Wednesday.
Approved unanimously by the council, it calls for one and two family homes to pay a flat rate of $70 a year in exchange for the city making necessary repairs. There would be a staggering assessment on rental income and commercial properties.
The new system replaces the old one, where everyone was responsible for the stretch of sidewalk outside of their homes.
"There were all sorts of problems with that. It turns people against their neighbors, people against their government, people against their trees, because trees are most often what damages sidewalks. So this new system fixes all of that. It allows us to charge for sidewalks in a more progressive, more rational way," Myrick said.
Each year, the city will take a look at all the work that needs to be done and prioritize it as opposed to just responding to complaints as they come in.
This new system goes into effect January 1st of next year.