Duluth city councilors consider proposed street maintenance fee

By KBJR News 1

Duluth city councilors consider proposed street maintenance fee

May 26, 2014 Updated May 26, 2014 at 8:02 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- There has been a lot of pushback from residents on Duluth's proposed street maintenance fee, but the city council is still considering its implementation.

Councilors have talked about charging residents and businesses a fee to fund local street improvement projects... a fee which is now proposed at $5 each month for residential units, and between $30-$240 for larger commercial properties, depending on how large.

Some city officials say the fee would create a funding bridge for the streets program until a final resolution of casino litigation is made.

"It can be put on fairly quickly, and what if the casino gets resolved tomorrow, and what if we find well we still might need something but maybe it should only be a dollar, or maybe we don't need it at all then it could easily be removed. If it's part of the property tax it makes it much, much harder," said Duluth city councilor Linda Krug.

City councilors will vote on the proposal at their council meeting on Tuesday.