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Saving the Budget by Not Filling Potholes Could Hurt the Budget

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That headline could be for anything, though. Cutting at-risk youth programs could lead to more violence and incidents for police to respond to. Cutting parks operations could leave parks unmaintained, making it more expensive later to fix. Cutting street sweepers could mean less days parking enforcement is able to write parking tickets. Nonetheless, the Daily News today explores the effect of potholes not being filled. Mayor Villaraigosa said earlier this year that filling potholes will be on of the services affected by cuts. And with potholes, there's more of a chance there will be more claims filed with the city.

"When motorists suffer vehicle damage from a pothole, the city is generally considered liable only if it was made aware of the pothole and failed to fix it in a timely manner," explains the Daily News. "But the city doesn't pay if the pothole was created due to recent weather or if it was unaware of a hazardous condition."