LIP Sticking Out #YQRcc

There are a few great letters to City Council on the Agenda, including one by Glenda Calcutta, and this by Alex and Jill Docking.

It is telling perhaps that most of the streets prop
osed for Local improvements also were successfully blocked by property owner petitions.

We were in favour of this work being done on Assiniboine Avenue. It was just a little over due — by about 40 years according to your own
standards.
That said, I certainly understand why many would not wish to take on thousands of dollars in debt — at an interest rate far above what would be reasonable in 2014 — when they already face a substantial increase in city property taxes already this year.
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I find it interesting to note that your city documents indicate that the streets are checked every four years to determine if they are due for this work. And yet, this (1954) street was not on a list four years ago, eight years ago, 12 years ago, 16 years ago — even though it clearly was in a highly deteriorated condition for all of that time and much more.

If my property is left a mess, quite rightly the city will eventually come along and force me to clean it up. Who is going to force the city of Regina to clean up its mess?
A last anecdotal note: when we have had visitors from elsewhere at our home — one of the first comments made: ‘don’t you pay your taxes on this street’.

We pay taxes — lots of taxes — is it not about time you (The City) take some of the money paid in taxes on this street over 60 years — SIXTY YEARS — and do the work that so desperately needs to be done??

–Alex and Jill

In fact, the City isn’t budgeting for sidewalks in property taxes, so that’s a mistake that should have long ago been fixed. Saskatoon fixed their mistake.

Of course, the sidewalk benefits residents on both sides but the LIP is charging only inside owners for it – clear discrimination. Since the city assesses the LIP costs by property frontage and flankage, the neighbors (on the outside of the crescent ) with the large pie shape lots pay the least while the lone neighbor on the inside corner pays the most – more discrimination. This cost disparity is pitting neighbor against neighbor – inside vs. outside.

To give you a more tangible idea of this disparity:
(# of Residents, Average Cost)
Outside (17, $3,970)
Inside (12, $7,554)

Actual assessed cost to the inside corner owner is
$11,683.

 
Based on the Saskatchewan Provincial Government guidelines provided to municipalities regarding LIP, the city clearly has the power to make it right.
–Glenda

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