Group pitches new sidewalk ideas in Ithaca

Group pitches new sidewalk ideas in Ithaca

A new plan for repairing sidewalks in the city of Ithaca isn’t final just yet.

A group of city residents have worked over the past week to come up with alternatives to parts of a new sidewalk improvement plan in the city.

Officials adopted a proposal earlier this month that would’ve created sidewalk improvement district, with residential and business owners paying certain fees determined by what type of property they had.

City resident Tom Hanna was one of the people who came forward to question the idea at a public hearing, and says Mayor Svante Myrick told him he’d consider other ideas.

“One week isn’t much time to generate improvements in a law that was six months in the making,” Hanna said. “We have at least one solid proposal that goes a long way to fix obvious drawbacks in the law’s formula for how fees will be collected.”

Hanna and others say they’ve been analyzing whether the plan would be better if property owners paid by square foot, or by how many people actually resided at a property.

“We described these examples to show that the law’s formula is regressive when the state purpose of the law is to reduce such regressivity,” Hanna said.

The group planned to present their ideas to the mayor on Monday.



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