If Bemidji is any example, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak’s plan to impose a fee for street lights could be a tough sell.
When he announced his revamped city budget last month, Rybak didn’t disclose details of his fee proposal other than to say it would raise $850,000 and residents won’t pay more than $20 a year.
Bemidji gave initial approval to a $25 a year fee ($60 for businesses) for street lights last week but City Councilor Barb Meuers announced this week that she is withdrawing her support for the fee, according to the Bemidji Pioneer.
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Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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