What is a Franchise Fee?

Every City has a franchise agreement with each utility company (gas, electric, etc.) for their use/rent of city­owned right-of-way for their business purposes.

  • Right-of-way is City property devoted for roadway purposes but is also used for utilities, trails and sidewalks, and snow storage.
  • By law, Cities may charge utilities a fee for use of city right-of-way. Utility providers will likely pass this fee onto their customers.

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1. What is a Pavement Management Program (PMP)?
2. What is a Franchise Fee?
3. Are Franchise Fees Just Another Tax?
4. What will the franchise fee funds be used for?
5. What is the City's authority to charge a franchise fee?
6. How much will I be charged?
7. Would the City still assess property owners for street projects?
8. I live in an apartment or townhome. Will I be charged a franchise fee?
9. How often will the city review the franchise fee for consideration of changing the fee?
10. Where can I go to find out more information on the proposed Franchise Fee?