Updated: 03/17/2014 8:59 PM
Created: 03/17/2014 10:00 PM WDIO.com
A plan in the works to fund repairs to Duluth streets could end up costing you as much as $96 per year, according to City Council President Linda Krug.
As drivers dodge potholes several inches deep, Krug says the task force on street repairs she is part of is discussing ways to fund street repairs for the long term.
"Our streets, they need attention," Krug told Eyewitness News. "We're looking at a variety of sources."
Included in talks are potential plans to raise property taxes, or charge a street fee of between $5 and $8 per month. She said the fee would raise about $5 million per year.
Krug said "that fee would go up if you're a small commercial owner, small apartment building, to if you have a bigger commercial area."
According to the 2013 National Citizen Survey, 51 percent of Duluth residents strongly or somewhat supported paying between $5 and $9.99 per month for street repair. The survey also said that 44 percent were somewhat or strongly opposed. As the dollar amount increased, support dropped off quickly.
Krug told us the $5 million from taxpayers would make up less than half of the total annual street repair funding needed - between $12 and $13 million. She said street maintenance money in the general fund, as well as fees from water, gas and steam services could be an option as well.
The funding plan could be in front of the city council for the first time within the next two weeks, Krug said.
$36 Million Housing, Retail Development Planned for Duluth
Alongside Harbor Bay Real Estate Developers, city leaders announced plans Friday for a $36 million mixed-use luxury multifamily and retail project on London Road and 21st Ave. E. in Duluth.
The Touchstone Awards: Mentor Superior
Mentor Superior has already matched up 40 kids with mentors. Their waiting list is about that long as well. Their work has been recognized by the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.
Itasca Co. Man Charged in Infant Son's Death
Authorities have charged a rural Itasca County man in connection with the death of his infant son. An autopsy determined the 2 1/2 month old boy suffered blunt force trauma.
Woman Charged with Murder after Stabbing in Stoney Brook Township
There is new development in the murder case on the Fond du Lac Reservation. The husband of the victim has been released, and he is facing no charges. Instead, the woman who police had been searching for, Lydia Marie Barney, has been charged with second degree murder.
Wisconsin Health Officials Start Ebola Hotline
The state Department of Health Services announced Friday that the line is for fielding questions Wisconsin residents have about the Ebola virus. The toll-free number is 844-684-1064.