- Associated Press - Friday, June 3, 2016

BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) - Bay City officials are proposing a fee on tax bills that would free up money to improve sidewalks citywide.

The Bay City Times reports (https://bit.ly/1r50wOD ) the City Commission on Monday night is expected to consider the measure, which would generate about $300,000 to offset the cost of the city’s assessing and treasury departments. That would free up $300,000 for sidewalk work.

The 1 percent administration fee would be tacked onto property tax bills.

In addition to the $300,000 for sidewalk repair, the city would allocate $320,000 in community development block grant funds for the sidewalk program.

Crumbling sidewalks are found across the entire city.

Commissioner John Davidson says that he’s in favor of the fee, saying: “We need to take charge of our sidewalks.” He says it’s a safety issue.

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Information from: The Bay City Times, https://www.mlive.com/bay-city


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