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A League-supported bill that would allow cities to create street improvement districts will be heard in committee this week.
(Published Mar 11, 2013)
1. Get Informed.
HF 745/ SF 607 (Rep. Ron Erhardt, DFL-Edina; Sen. Jim Carlson, DFL-Eagan) would allow cities to collect fees from property owners within a district to fund municipal street maintenance, construction, reconstruction, and facility upgrades. If enacted, this legislation would provide cities with an additional tool to build and maintain city streets. Both House and Senate versions of the bill have a mix of Republican and DFL co-authors.
The street improvement district initiative has been a high legislative priority for the League in recent years, and it may have renewed momentum in 2013 due to its endorsement by the Transportation Finance Advisory Committee and the growing likelihood of passage of a meaningful transportation funding package this year.
League policies LE-6 and LE-30 (pages 46 and 62 in 2013 City Policies [pdf]) reference the League’s support for this tool.
2. Take Action.
HF 745 will be heard in the House Government Operations Committee at 10 a.m. in the State Office Building on March 12. If the committee acts favorably on the bill, it is likely to be re-referred to the House Transportation Policy Committee and will be heard on March 13.
SF 607 has been referred to the Senate State and Local Government Committee. It has not been scheduled for a hearing yet.
In advocating for this tool, please share the following:
If the bills pass through initial committees, they are expected to travel to transportation committees in both bodies, so we are asking city officials to contact their legislators, regardless of what committees they serve on.
3. Stay Involved.
Legislators have begun to mention that they’ve heard from their city officials on this initiative. Your contacts are crucial to this initiative continuing to move through the process, particularly as the Legislature approaches its first deadline on March 15.
Stay tuned to League publications for more information:
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Contact Anne Finn
Assistant IGR Director
(651) 281-1263 or (800) 925-1122