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City will study franchise fees to fund roads

Cloquet city councilors gave the go-ahead to city staff Tuesday to look into charging franchise fees to utility companies as a way to raise money to pay for street and infrastructure improvements.

City administrator Tim Peterson reminded the council that they decided to hold off on the fees during the pandemic because a lot of people were struggling financially.

“We have zero dollars going towards street and utility infrastructure projects moving past this year,” Peterson told the council. “Franchise fees were kind of the next way we were going to move into that [paying for projects].”


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