- Minnesota Cities & The League
- Governing & Managing
- Risk Management
- Legislative Action Center
- Training & Conferences
A League-supported bill that would allow cities to create street improvement districts will be heard in Senate committees this week.
(Published Mar 18, 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.
SF 607 will be heard in the Senate State & Local Government Committee on March 18 at 3 p.m. It is expected to be referred to the Senate Transportation and Public Safety Committee to be heard on Wednesday, March 20 at 3 p.m.
In advocating for this tool, the League is asking that you share specific talking points. Read related article for the talking points and more.
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 second deadline on March 22.
Stay tuned to League publications for more information:
* By posting you are agreeing to the LMC Comment Policy.
Contact Anne Finn
Assistant IGR Director
(651) 281-1263 or (800) 925-1122
1. Type your comment in the “Leave a message…” box.
2. Identify yourself (required) in one of these ways:
—Click on a social media icon to sign in through your account, OR
—Register with Disqus by entering your full name in the first field and email address in the second field.
3. Click Next.
4. Click “Post as (your name).”