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Resolution Number 02-15 Streets

RESOLUTION NUMBER 02-15

 

SUPPORTING DEDICATED STATE FUNDING FOR CITY STREETS

 

WHEREAS, Minnesota contains over 141,000 miles of roadway, and over 19,000 miles or 13 percent are owned and maintained by Minnesota’s 852 cities; and

 

WHEREAS, over 80 percent of municipal streets are ineligible for dedicated Highway User Tax Distribution Fund dollars; and

 

WHEREAS, the more than 700 Minnesota cities with populations below 5,000 are ineligible for dedicated Highway User Tax Distribution Fund dollars; and

 

WHEREAS, city streets are a separate but integral piece of the network of roads supporting movement of people and goods; and

 

WHEREAS, existing funding mechanisms, such as Municipal State Aid (MSA), property taxes and special assessments, have limited applications, leaving cities under-equipped to address growing needs; and

 

WHEREAS, city cost participation in state and county highway projects diverts resources from city-owned streets; and

 

WHEREAS, maintenance costs increase as road systems age, and no city, large or small, is spending enough on roadway capital improvements to maintain a 50-year lifecycle; and

 

WHEREAS, for every one dollar spent on maintenance, a road authority and therefore taxpayers save seven dollars in repairs; and

 

WHEREAS, cities need greater resources, including an additional dedicated state funding source for transportation, and flexible policies in order to meet growing demands for street improvements and maintenance.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY OF MOUNTAIN IRON that the City of Mountain Iron supports an omnibus transportation funding bill that provides additional dedicated state funding for city streets including funding that can be used for non-MSA city street maintenance, construction and reconstruction.

 

DULY ADOPTED BY THE CITY COUNCIL THIS 2nd DAY OF MARCH, 2015.

 

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Mayor Gary Skalko

ATTEST:

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City Administrator

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