Struggling Sturgeon Bay family stuck with big bill

A Sturgeon Bay family of six, including one child with a serious medical condition, is not only facing foreclosure on their home for the past six years but also a $3,000 bill from the City of Sturgeon Bay for sidewalk installation in front of their 7th Avenue home.


Jaclyn Paszczak appeared during a public hearing at Tuesday’s meeting of the Sturgeon Bay city council and asked for a break.



City policy for new residential developments is to have the cost of sidewalk installation paid for by the developer. In cases where that has not happened in the past, the practice is for the homeowner to be assessed. That sticks a struggling family with an unexpected $3,000 bill.


That policy, Paszczak says is just not fair. She explained that it is very stressful for a family facing the issues she is dealing with to be surprised by such a significant unanticipated cost. She told that her family is hopeful that the cost of sidewalk installations can be spread over all the taxpayers of Sturgeon Bay and not one individual family.

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