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    City Council Says No to Franchise Fees

    February 7th, 2020

    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. 

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    City Council Wants Feedback on the Use of Franchise Fees for Street Maintenance Funding

    January 2nd, 2020

    The City of Carver has 21 miles of existing roadway to maintain.  In order to maintain these streets, the City has developed a Street Maintenance Program to extend the roadway’s life before it needs to be reconstructed. The current five year plan includes mill and overlay projects in the Carver Bluffs neighborhood, 6th St. W., Kirche Hill Dr., Sunny Ridge Dr., and Mount Hope Rd.

    Over the next 5 years the City will have to dedicate $1.2 million to fully fund the current Street Maintenance Program. In 2020, the Street Maintenance Program is funded at $70,000, with revenue collected primarily from property taxes. The current funding model leaves the City $850,000 short of the needed amount to move forward with mill and overlay projects as planned in the Street Maintenance Program.

    In response, the City is evaluating using a franchise fee to fill the revenue gap in the Street Maintenance Program.  The City estimates that it could generate an annual $218,000 in revenue for street maintenance through franchise fees.  In 2020, the cities of Chaska, Chanhassen, and Victoria will generate an estimated $7.6 million in franchise fees.

    WHAT ARE FRANCHISE FEES?

    Specifically, franchise fees are a method of collecting funds from utility companies who use city rights-of-way. These funds are typically passed directly through to all commercial businesses, tax-exempt properties, and residents that use the street and trail systems.  While not technically considered a “tax”, this is a new dedicated revenue source for the city which would be collected from utility users in Carver; it will have the same effect as a tax. However, it is not levied in the way a property tax is levied, given that franchise fees are not tied to the value of a property. Thus, all single-family homes would pay the same amount toward the Street Maintenance Program assuming they have cable, gas, and electric services.

    The City Council will be holding a listening session on Tuesday, January 21 at 7:00 pm (Carver City Hall) to hear from residents and businesses on the topic.

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    City Council to Review Plans for Kwik Trip

    December 13th, 2019

    The City Council will be reviewing final plans for a new Kwik Trip convenience store on Monday night.  Kwik Trip is proposing to start construction in the spring of 2020 at the northwest corner of Monroe Drive and Jonathan Carver Parkway…just north of Carver Elementary.  As a part of the development project, a new signal light would be installed at the intersection of Monroe/Spring Creek Dr. and Jonathan Carver Parkway.

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    Share Your Thoughts on the Proposed 2020 Tax Levy and Budget: Monday December 2, 7:00 PM

    November 25th, 2019

    Property owners in the City of Carver recently received a “Truth In Taxation” notice.  The notice provides the proposed tax impact, based on the preliminary tax levy set in September, for the City of Carver, Carver County, Eastern Carver County Schools, and some smaller taxing agencies.  The notice also provides a meeting date and time, for each governmental unit, to give residents the opportunity to review, comment, and question the proposed tax levy and associated 2020 Budget.

    The City of Carver will be giving residents and property owners the opportunity to comment on the proposed tax levy and 2020 Budget for the City of Carver on Monday, December 2, at 7:00 pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall. For more detailed information on the 2020 Levy and Budget, please visit the 2020 Budget Guide.  For specific questions, please contact Brent Mareck, City Manager, at (952) 448-8737 or by email at bmareck@cityofcarver.com.

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