City Council Says No to Franchise Fees

Following several months of discussion, along with two resident listening sessions, the City Council voted unanimously to rule out franchise fees as a funding source for future street maintenance.  As a part of the strategic plan, the City Council identified an initiative to study the use of franchise fees as a potential source of funding for the City’s Street Maintenance Program.  Franchise fees are a method of collecting funds from utility companies who use the City right-of-way.   

The City Council will continue to review project scheduling, future state aid, management of budget, property taxes, and other alternatives to successfully complete future street maintenance projects in the City.  The City Council will move forward with franchise agreements, with no fees, with cable television providers in Carver.  Comcast and Jaguar Communications need franchise agreements, no fees will be included, in order to fulfill a telecommunications requirement with the State of Minnesota.