What is the City's authority to charge a franchise fee?

Minnesota State Statutes allow for a city to impose a fee on a utility company for its use of publicly owned right-of-way (MN State Statute 216.36). Many cities throughout the state have adopted franchise fee ordinances to help pay for roadways and trails. For example, within Hennepin County, 87% of the population pay franchise fees to the utility companies that are passed through to the specific cities. The majority of these cities utilize this revenue source for their related PMP.

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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 Franchise Fee?