MNGOP’s Anti-Rybak #15: Fire Inspection Fees

Again, the MN GOP relies on a proposal rather than an actual fee or tax to attack Rybak:

* “With their sales slumping, Minneapolis business owners are chafing under the potential burden of two new city fees, including one that the City Council may impose today. That proposal would charge the owners of the city’s 5,800 commercial buildings a fee ranging from $79 to $910 annually for a fire-safety inspection they’d get once every few years. … Also under consideration is a $6,000 annual fee that would affect an estimated 100 buildings. … Mayor R.T. Rybak is counting on the fire-inspection fees to help balance his 2009 budget.” (Steve Brandt, “Businesses protest possible fire-safety fees,” Star Tribune, March 6, 2009)

The MN GOP also failed to include a critical sentence from the very next paragraph of the story: “But the proposal, which has been in a committee for six months, offers a number of ways that the owners of vacant storefronts could get a break on the fee, including proving that they’re actively marketing their space.”

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