WHEREAS, all Orinda homeowners, including those who live on Orinda's private streets, pay those taxes whose revenues are used to maintain and repair Orinda's public streets; and

            WHEREAS, approximately 20% of Orinda's homeowners live on private streets and are personally responsible for the cost of maintaining and repairing their streets and thus are negatively impacted by the current system; and

            WHEREAS, the majority of Orinda's private streets are nonetheless open to the public, which public access traffic negatively impacts the condition of such private streets.

            THE UNDERSIGNED, being residents of homes located on those of Orinda's private streets which have public access, hereby petition the Orinda City Council to initiate a program of either denominating Orinda's private streets with public access as 'public streets', undertaking to maintain and repair such streets going forward, or otherwise remedy the inequity presented above, whereby such homeowners unfairly pay taxes to maintain and repair public streets while also being responsible to maintain their private streets despite public access and use.

 

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