It doesn’t happen often, but it happened at the June 6th city council meeting when the council voted 6 to 3 to eliminate resident cost-sharing for sidewalk removal and replacement program.
My neighbor was happy to get the news the following morning. His sidewalk was already staked-out with little pink flags and chalk waiting for a concrete repair crew to come this week for sidewalk removal / repair. His percentage of the cost-sharing would have been about $800, but thanks to the council vote removing the requirement, he’ll be able to use those dollars elsewhere.
From 2019 through 2021, the City billed residents nearly one million dollars for cost-sharing from sidewalk repair and removal. Now those dollars will be recouped through the budget, so in essence residents are stilled being billed for the cost of the program, but from a wider group of residents. One way or another, the good folks of Naperville are still paying.