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City's $500 Sidewalk Inspection Fee Eliminated

January 29, 2013 at 9:42 AM

 

PATERSON, NJ – Property owners will no longer have to pay fees as high as $500 for the city to send an inspector to check their sidewalk repairs.

Despite objections by administration officials who said the move would eliminate a source of much-needed revenue, the City Council last week voted 6-2 to scrap the fee.

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The two council members voting against the ordinance were Ruby Cotton and Kenneth McDaniel. In recent discussions on the issue, the two of them had indicated willingness to adopt a compromise measure that would have reduced the fee but not eliminated.

But other council members asserted that the administration had raised the possibility of a compromise weeks earlier, but never submitted a proposal.

Council members in favor of the elimination said the $500 fee was exorbitant and they argued that it was preventing some folks from getting the work done and prompting others to have their sidewalks repaired illegally, without a city inspection.

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