Watertown resident questions city’s sidewalk repayment plan

City council & sidewalks

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - Watertown city council members heard a complaint Monday night about the city's repayment plan for new sidewalks.

The city sent out letters to property owners who will have to pay for their sidewalks to be repaired.

Property owners are given the option to pay the balance in full or sign up for a 10-year repayment plan.

Mike LaDue told council members at their Monday meeting he had an issue with not knowing how much interest he would have to pay as part of the repayment plan.

"You send me an invoice and you expect me to sign onto a program where all the terms and conditions are not known," he said. "It's not right. "

"I mean, I understand his point, you know, on the portion that's an unknown term, but that's probably not going to change," Mayor Joe Butler said. "So, if you disagree with that, you don't like it, then you don't have to participate in it, but I think you have to have a little trust in the city, in the history and the good credit rating and it's proven to work for people before."

Officials say they will have a better understanding of what the interest rate will be in the spring of the next year after the city knows the total amount it will borrow.

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