Homeowners may no longer have to cover sidewalk repairs

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Global News

REGINA – Residents might not have to dish out thousands of dollars to repair their sidewalks next year.

On Thursday, the city’s Public Works and Infrastructure Committee will consider scrapping the controversial Local Improvement Program (LIP) that tacked those bills onto the backs of homeowners.

Through the LIP, homeowners have to pay for most of their own sidewalk repairs, unless they successfully petition against it.

Next year, any extra cost might only come if they want the work to be completed ahead of schedule.

“Say we had planned to do that in year five, but they want to do it in year one, they can apply for the program and participate financially that way,” Mayor Michael Fougere said.

It’s not exactly good news for people who have already seen the work completed.

Property owners with a sidewalk are asked to pay $414 per metre of frontage while those with only…

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