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It is a fee that is authorized by State Law and can be established by a city as a way to collect revenue to pay for a specific project or projects. The utilities involved are required to collect the franchise fee by adding a fee to a utility bill.
The proposed franchise fees will generate approximately $1,000,000 in revenue annually that will help the city cover unfunded costs relating to city streets, parking lots and trails. On average, the city needs $4,150,000 per year for the next five years to cover costs not paid for from taxes, special assessments or other funding sources. Franchsie fees will help offset the associated costs without increasing property taxes.
Franchise fees allow the city to diversify its revenue sources. By implementing a franchise fee all utility users pay a fee, not just taxpayers. All who utilize the streets will help pay for them. Franchise fees will apply to all accounts within the city, including tax exempt parcels owned by non-profits and governmental entities.
It’s important that the City maintain transparency to residents and businesses. In an effort to be transparent, franchise fees will be reported in the Franchise Fee Special Revenue Fund. All projects paid for out of this fund will be reported.
Pending council approval, franchise fees will be implemented beginning with January 2018 billings.
Proposed fees and examples of comparisons have been prepared for the same tax parcels used in the budget process. These comparisons are available on the city’s website www.invergroveheights.org – under Residents.
The current franchise agreements with Dakota Electric and Xcel Energy expire in October 2029 and November 2029, respectively. Collection of franchise fees are proposed to end on June 30, 2029, however, it can be renewed upon Council decision at that time.
Dakota County cities with franchise fees include Burnsville and South St. Paul.
By law, Dakota Electric and Xcel Energy have to collect the fee for the city, but were not responsible for the decision to implement the fees. The line item on the bill is called “City Fee.”
Dakota Electric and Xcel Energy do not apply an administrative fee associated with the franchise fee. The full amount of the franchise fee revenue collected by the utility company is remitted to the City of Inver Grove Heights. (This full remittance with no administrative fee assessed to the city is required by the Public Utilities Commission.) The utility companies will no longer pay right of way fees.
A calendar of upcoming events pertaining to franchise fees is available on the city’s website www.invergroveheights.org – under Residents.
Xcel Energy Gas Rates Proposed
Commercial Non Demand $10.50
Commercial Demand $50.00
Small Interruptible $90.00
Medium and Large Interruptible $100.00
Dakota Electric Electric Rates Proposed
Small General (non-demand) $3.00
General (demand) $25.00
C&I Interruptible $25.00
Xcel Energy Electric Rates Proposed
Small C&I – Non Demand $3.00
Small C&I – Demand $25.00
Large C&I $95.00
Public Street Lighting $6.00
Examples of comparisons have been prepared for the same tax parcels used in the budget process.Residential Mean Parcel with Taxable Value $231,176Monthly Tax $5.14Monthly Gas Franchise Fee $2.00Monthly Electric Franchise Fee $2.75
Residential Median Parcel with Taxable Value $194,834Monthly Tax $4.33Monthly Gas Franchise Fee $2.00Monthly Electric Franchise Fee $2.75
Business parcels will need to know who their electric provider is and what classification they are charged for electric and gas.Business with Taxable Value $563,700 $3,058,200Monthly Tax $14.32 $82.19Franchise Fee depends on your electric provider and customer class. Fees could range from $13.50 to $195.00.Xcel Energy Gas Rates ProposedCommercial Non Demand $10.50 $10.50Commercial Demand $50.00 $50.00Small Interruptible $90.00 $90.00Medium and Large Interruptible $100.00 $100.00Dakota Electric Electric Rates ProposedSmall General (non-demand) $3.00 $3.00General (demand) $25.00 $25.00C&I Interruptible $25.00 $25.00Xcel Energy Electric Rates ProposedSmall C&I – Non Demand $3.00 $3.00Small C&I – Demand $25.00 $25.00Large C&I $95.00 $95.00
6/5/2017 City Council Work Session
6/19/2017 City Council Special Meeting 6:00 p.m. to discuss uses
7/10/2017 City Council Meeting 1st Reading of Ordinance
7/10/2017 Call for Public Hearing
7/14/2017 Publication on website to provide additional notice
7/30/2017 and 8/6/2017 Publication in Southwest Review to provide additional notice
8/10/2017 River Heights Chamber Local Issues Meeting
8/14/2017 City Council Meeting Public Hearing and 2nd Reading of Ordinance
9/11/2017 City Council Meeting Continuation of Public Hearing and 3rd Reading of Ordinance
9/17/2017 Ordinance Publication in Southwest Review
9/18/2017 Send Ordinance to Dakota Electric and Xcel Energy
10/1-12/31/17 Xcel Energy requires receipt of ordinance at least 90 days prior to implementation
1/1/2018 Proposed Implementation of Franchise Fees
4/2018 City Collects 1st Quarter Franchise Fees from Dakota Electric & Xcel Energy
Franchise Fees billed January and February
Franchise Fees collected February and March
Franchise Fees remitted April
The City hired a third-party consultant to complete a study on the need for a new fire station and if determined one was needed, where that station might be located. The final report did show that an additional fire station was needed to improve response time to the southern part of the City and also assist with the expected development growth in the Northwest Area.
No, neither of the two present fire stations are planned to close with the opening of this station. Firefighters will continue to live near and respond out of those stations.
This fire station was designed to include apparatus bays for the fire trucks, a training room, some administrative offices, workout/locker rooms, dormitories, kitchen, day room, work rooms, dispatch area, and many built-in training props allowing the firefighters to stay in the city to get their required training.
Yes. Our 24/7 Duty Crew that is presently based out of Fire Station 1 will be moved to the new Station 2. In addition, for calls requiring more than the Duty Crew and during training hours, there will be firefighters coming and going.
Our IGH Police Officers will also be utilizing this station’s workout and training space as desired.
The preliminary figure for the new fire station has been estimated at $10.5 million. This is not only for construction costs of the building, but also includes the cost of purchasing the land and grading the site, all interior completion, furniture and equipment, as well as boring lines for water, sewer and fiber optic underneath Highway 52 from the old Rainbow site to the property.
Those who will see the biggest change in insurance ratings and potential costs savings are located in the southeast part of the City. Presently, many insurance companies rely on one main factor: whether that building they are insuring is located within 5 road miles of a fire station. Most insurance companies recognize neighboring fire stations from Rosemount and Eagan to count within that required 5 road miles, if they take the time to investigate our agreement with those fire departments.
Our ambulance service in IGH is provided by Health East Medical Transportation, a private ambulance provider. Space at Station 3 on Upper 55th is provided for the ambulance and staff now and will continue to be run out of that station. There will be no ambulance permanently staged at the new station.
Once the station is completed, we will be offering several Open Houses to give the public a close-up look. In addition, this will be the fire station that hosting public education and outreach activities going forward, including the annual Fire Prevention Week Open House that is held every October. Until the building is competed and open for operation, we ask the public to stay off the site for their own safety during construction.
If you're told the vehicle has a hold on it, please call the Police Department at 651-450-2525.
If you need a FULL criminal background check, please contact the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension at 651-793-2400.
Northern Service Center, 1 Mendota Road, West St. Paul. 651-554-6200Judicial Center, 1560 Highway 55 Hastings. 651-438-8100Western Service Center, 14955 Galaxie Ave W, Apple Valley. 952-891-7256
1. Download the application from the Department of Public Safety web site (www.dps.state.mn.us), complete it and bring it in to the Police Department (bring ID to show you are the applicant).
2. Complete an application at the Police Department.
You must reside in the City of Inver Grove Heights.Please allow seven to 10 business days to process the application. If you're approved, you will be contacted regarding your next step. If you're not approved, will will contact you to explain the reason for denial.A permit to acquire is valid for one year. Each year you must come in and renew your permit if you wish to purchase additional firearms. You don't need to renew your permit to continue to own current firearms.
The City does not allow outdoor storage of household items, construction materials, vehicle parts etc. Outdoor storage of items not meant for outdoor use is prohibited unless contained by a solid fence 6 feet in height. Storage items may not contain junk vehicles or junk of any kind. If you wish to build a fence, a permit may be obtained by calling our Building Department at 651-450-2550.
not use coal tar-based sealers. Asphalt-based sealers are an acceptable alternative. Click on this link to access the list of contractors.