“For residents harboring a bad sidewalk, the coming April 4 election on a proposed package of $800 million in general obligation bonds offers hope for a reprieve.

“The city would dedicate $150 million to sidewalks over the next 20 years and pick up those residential tabs — including for people already assessed and on payment plans. That’s a bit of government amnesty because the cost of the program would be spread across all property owners in the form of a mild property tax increase, which, for the sidewalks portion, amounts to a few dollars a year.”