- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - City Council members have approved a measure to penalize Sioux City property owners an extra 25 percent on unpaid city fees for removing snow from sidewalks.

The Sioux City Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1pfhadm ) the penalties were approved Monday and will be levied on the unpaid fees added to the parcels’ property taxes.

City code requires owners to clear sidewalks within 12 hours after snow or ice has stopped falling. Noncompliance can result in a civil citation. If a sidewalk isn’t cleared after a 24-hour shovel notice is posted, a city contractor clears the sidewalk and the city bills the property owner for those costs.

Contractors shoveled 94 residential sidewalks this winter, resulting in $17,195 in fees. There were 62 property owners who failed to pay those fees.

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