Duluth city council to vote on street fee implementation on Monday

By KBJR News 1

June 5, 2014 Updated Jun 5, 2014 at 9:53 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Duluth city councilors made street repairs one of their top priorities Thursday night during their regular agenda session.

Councilors are talking about charging people and businesses a fee to fund local street improvement projects, but many people in the community say each time the city adds a new charge, they strain people's budgets.

The fee is proposed to cost $5 each month for residences and between $30-240 for commercial properties.

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

"This is money that's... it's not just for filling potholes. This really is our street rehabilitation, maintenance, ya know fixing of the streets, and that $6,000,000 has, the loss of it has hurt us, and so this is to replace it," said Duluth city councilor Linda Krug.

After months of community impute and discussion City councilors are expected to vote on the proposal at their council meeting on Monday.

The council is also considering reducing the street lighting utility fee to offset this new street fee.

The council will also vote on Monday on a proposal that could reduce and eventually eliminate the annual street lighting fee.

Elsa Robins