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Ventura County Sidewalk Repair Proposal Rejected A Second Time, But Will Get More Review

Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 2:36pm

The controversial issue of whether Ventura County should help pay for some, or all of sidewalk repairs has been rejected by County Supervisors twice, but could get one more chance.

County Supervisor Linda Parks had proposed using more than $560,000 in unexpected transportation revenue to pay for sidewalk work, which has been the responsibility of homeowners for decades.  Parks says in some cases, it’s cheaper to repair sidewalk damage than surveying, and getting homeowners to do the work.

But, the proposal was rejected two weeks ago, and again this week.  Some supervisors expressed concern about the fairness to homeowners who have already paid to have work done, as well as whether it would set a precedent the county would have to follow after the funding is gone.

Still, County Supervisors agreed to allow more study of the issue, and asked for a staff report.  It’s expected the board will look at the issue again when it get the report back this fall.

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