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Mayor Jerry Sanders said he wants to spend an average of $10 million per year on improving city services through 2012 so that they become compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act’s requirements.

For the 2008 budget, Sanders wants to allocate $13.5 million for accommodating the disabled in facilities such as boat launches, theatre stages, library book-drops and employees work stations.

Sanders said ADA compliance has “lagged,” leaving the city behind in constructing facilities that include automatic doors, wider entrances, lower counters and drinking faucets, and Braille signage.

The mayor said previous years’ budgets allocated about $1.2 million toward ADA compliance annually.

EVAN McLAUGHLIN

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