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City residents with cracks or uneven sidewalks usually have to pay for replacement squares themselves, and costs can run around $400 for just a couple of squares.

An editorial in The Journal Times points out that Racine Public Works Commissioner Mark Yehlen’s idea to create a fund to which every property owner contributes is a good idea on the surface, but also entails some danger. 

Specifically, the newspaper highlights the tendency for government officials to dip into various funds to cover shortages in others.

Still, under Yehlen’s plan, residential property owners would pay $25 a year, and commercial residents would pay $50 a year, the editorial continues.

The JT editorial board doesn’t endorse the commissioner’s idea and instead urges city leaders to work with taxpayers on financing options and only marking sidewalk squares in real need of replacement.