Again, the MN GOP relies on a proposal to attack Rybak rather than an actual fee or tax.
* “A new street lighting fee proposed by Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak last February has hit the desks of a City Council that will need to make an election-year decision on whether to use it to help balance the city’s 2010 budget. Rybak proposed the fee, which would cost the typical residential property owner about $20 a year… The fee is designed to raise $3 million to pay for electricity and bulb replacement for the city’s 46,700 residential-area wooden poles, metal poles in business areas and parkway lights.” (Steve Brandt, “Plan to lighten city’s budget,” Star Tribune, July 8, 2009)
They forgot to quote this part of the story: “Those cuts are driven by the $21 million in cuts to state aid to Minneapolis for 2010 announced in June as part of Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s state budget-balancing unallotments.
. . .
The city department has warned that the alternative to proposing the fee is limiting the hours lights are on or cutting back on repairs.”
Pawlenty shifts the burden from the state to cities. Rybak decides to keep the lights on in the City of Minneapolis.