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Published December 21, 2010, 08:26 PM

EGF Homeowner Speaks Up Against Budget Decisions

At least one East Grand Forks resident doesn't want the city to improve revenues by adding more fees. Mark Holy says he'd rather be taxed rather than pay fees.

At least one East Grand Forks resident doesn't want the city to improve revenues by adding more fees. Mark Holy says he'd rather be taxed rather than pay fees.

East Grand Forks currently charges fees for garbage collection, street lighting and sewage. A new rescue unit fee will start in January.

Some say they would rather see their property taxes go up, rather than pay more fees.

"I just think it's a slippery slope for the city to start dealing with budgetary items on a fee structure," said Mark Holy, a concerned citizen.

"Sometimes a fee is a way to equalize instead of making the property owner pay just because you have a home that's worth the most that you pay much more," said Mayor Lynn Stauss.

The average homeowner in East Grand Forks will be paying around $15 a month for all the fees, starting in January.

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