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Published September 28, 2010, 10:09 PM

EGF City Council Says Street Assessment Discussions Could Take Months

East Grand Forks City Council says ways to pay for long-term maintenance on their streets will need to be discussed over the next few months.

By: Brady Mallory, WDAZ

East Grand Forks City Council says ways to pay for long-term maintenance on their streets will need to be discussed over the next few months.

Last fall they enlisted the help of a task force to look at a system where residents and businesses would pay a monthly fee to cut down on special assessments paid by those near the project.

A few months ago, the task force recommended a $20 monthly fee for all East Grand Forks property owners that would help pay for some of the cost of road repairs and construction.

Under this plan, those living along non-assessed state-aid roads would pay the $20 fee, but would remain assessment-free.

City Council member Scott Huizenga said they have to think about tax payers.

"For the first time we've identified what the need is. We know we have a gap. We know how big it is. Now, how do we fund it? "

Huizenga said the council will talk about the issue the next few months before making a public proposal.

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