abc
QUICK LINKS:

Street Repair Funding Plan in the Works Could Cost Duluth Residents $96 per Year

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.

Eyewitness News found potholes as deep as 5 inches on 10th Avenue East

Front Page

  • St. Louis County Follows National Rise in Female Incarceration

    The number of women behind bars in the U.S. is rising at an alarming rate: nearly double the increases seen for male incarceration. While the number of incarcerated women in this country is still significantly less than men, but it's a 646 percent increase in women behind bars over the last 30 years that's turning heads.

  • UMD Professor Getting National Recognition for Research

    Professor Byron Steinman is in his second semester at UMD, but he is already making a big impression. Steinman has been working over a year on the causes of climate change, and his recent work is getting published in Science Magazine. Furthermore, it is getting some national attention, including from U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.).

  • Gogebic Taconite Suspends Investments, Closes Hurley Office

    Blaming regulatory uncertainty, Gogebic Taconite has suspended investments in its proposed northern Wisconsin mine and closed its office in Hurley, leaving four people without jobs and raising questions about whether the mine will ever be built.

  • Minnesota's Anticipated Surplus Swells to $1.87 Billion

    Minnesota's bank account is projected to run up a $1.87 billion surplus over the next two years, which will drive calls for new spending, tax cuts or most likely a mix.  The surplus is substantially more than the $1 billion estimated in December.

  • Middle Schoolers Tackle Ice Fishing on St. Louis River

    Middle school students from St. James School put their lessons into practice on Friday. They have been studying ice fishing in their life science curriculum this year, thanks to funding from a STEM grant.

 
Advertisement