By Paul Schmitt
Keeping neighborhood sidewalks properly maintained is one of the concerns facing area municipalities, especially when it comes to accessing it on the taxes of property owners. Two Sturgeon Bay council members feel strongly that a funding mechanism must be in place if the cost for sidewalks would ever be paid by the city. Council president Kelly Catarozoli says sidewalks should fall under the transportation system.
Catarozoli adds that Sturgeon Bay is focused right now on improving the streets. Council member David Ward, who chairs the Finance, Purchasing & Building committee, says the recently approved Premier Resort Area Tax (PRAT) could possibly be a solution. He adds that sidewalks are not the only concern when it comes to funding operations.
A DoorCountyDailyNews.com poll question last week showed that of the 992 voters, 84% favored the city budget covering the expense of sidewalks while 16 percent voted that the property owner should pay.