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How can the city do this?
Minnesota Statues allow for a city to impose a fee on a company for its use of the right-of-way (MN Statute 216.36). Council made the decision on the franchise fee at the April 15, 2013 meeting.

Franchise Fee

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1. What is the 'Franchise Fee' charge on my utility bill?
2. How can the city do this?
3. What is the money going to be used for?
4. Is this just another tax?
5. The old taxing and assessing system worked. Why did you change it?
6. I live in an apartment or town home. Will I be charged the fee?
7. How much will I be charged?
8. When will the fee collection end?
9. I have multiple bills or two or more meters on my property. Do I have to pay the fee more than once?