Cleveland denied double the number of pothole claims than it approved in 2015, according to statistics from the city.

“With the large percentage of them [claims] not being validated, why weren’t they validated?” questioned Cleveland City Councilman Zack Reed.

Reed has been an outspoken opponent of the pothole claims process, a process where the number of claims rejected each year far outnumber the claims approved.

In 2015, city officials said they received 681 claims, in which drivers requested that the city reimburse them for repairs to their car due to potholes. Of the 681, the city denied 417. It approved 207. There are still 44 open cases. The city closed 13 cases where a decision could not be made based on the circumstances of the case.

In 2014, Reed vowed to make a change, saying, “Council could easily step up to the plate and say to the administration to give these people added relief.”

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