Street Improvement District Support Resolutions Needed

Support from cities is critical to securing key votes in 2014 from legislators who may not be familiar with the street improvement district initiative.
(Published Feb 18, 2014)

A League initiative that would allow cities to create street improvement districts advanced through several committees during the 2013 legislative session and remains viable as the 2014 legislative session approaches. In an effort to demonstrate the broad city support that exists for this initiative, the League is seeking resolutions of support from city councils. Support from cities is critical to securing key votes from legislators who may not be familiar with the street improvement district initiative.

To date, nearly 100 cities have adopted resolutions, and many have provided letters of support. If your city has already passed a resolution, thank you! If your city council has not adopted a resolution and is supportive of this initiative, the League encourages you to take action.

Proposed legislation
The following bills were introduced during the 2013 legislative session and will be considered in 2014:

  • SF 607 Authors: Sen. Jim Carlson (DFL-Eagan) (chief author), Sen. John Pederson (R-St. Cloud), Sen. Scott Dibble (DFL-Minneapolis), Sen. Dave Senjem (R-Rochester), Sen. Ann Rest (DFL-New Hope)
  • HF 745 Authors: Rep. Ron Erhardt (DFL-Edina) (chief author), Rep. Frank Hornstein (DFL-Minneapolis), Rep. Bob Gunther (R-Fairmont), Rep. Paul Torkelson (R-Hanska), Rep. David Bly (DFL-Northfield)

This legislation was designed to allow cities to collect fees from property owners within a district to fund municipal street maintenance, construction, reconstruction, and facility upgrades. It would provide cities with an additional tool to build and maintain city streets.

Advocacy tools
The League developed the advocacy tools below to assist cities with advocating on the street improvement district initiative.

If your city passes a resolution or writes a letter of support, please send a copy to your legislators and to Anne Finn at the League of Minnesota Cities at afinn@lmc.org.

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