I find it amazing that the City charges residents of a street (or area) for improvements that they didn't make a special request for. In the case the railroad park, the City advertises it as an improvement (attraction, perhaps) that paying arona helped create. Ongoing infrastructure improvements/ maintenance should be coming out of the budget. I get the impression that neighborhood projects are fund raising opportunities for the City--soak more money out of the residents--instead of an expected municipal service for its residents. With the law on their side, the City 'gouges' its residents to pay for things they didn't request or pre-approve. It seems more chutzpah than a service.
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