Golden Valley Slush Fund Now in Effect
By Andrew Richter
You wouldn’t think a city with a $1.2 million surplus needs more tax dollars, right? Well, if you’re a Golden Valley resident you’d wrong. From the Golden Valley Patch;
Center Point Energy customers in Golden Valley will start seeing a new fee on their bills this month.
The City Council approved a new franchise fee in January in order to pay for infrastructure repairs. The new fees will be $2 for residential customers, $3.50 for small commercial properties, $22.50 for larger commercial/industrial properties, and $206 for commercial/industrial properties with dual fuel rates.
$206 a month!!!
City officials expect the new fee to bring in $447,000 annually. Among the projects that will benefit from the money will be:
- The reconstruction of Douglas Drive between Hwy 55 and Medicine Lake Rd,
- Zane Avenue between Hwy 55 and Golden Valley Road and
- Lindsay Street between Zane Avenue and Lilac Drive.
Why does a city with a surplus need “revenue” to pay for infrastructure? Of course, we all know the answer; this “tax” isn’t about spending on infrastructure; it’s about opening up another source of “revenue” so government can spend, spend, and spend.
This isn’t the only extra tax Golden Valley. Check out this from their website;
In October 2010, the City of Golden Valley approved an ordinance requiring Xcel Energy to pay an electric franchise fee to raise revenue for the City infrastructure projects, including the Douglas Drive Reconstruction Project scheduled for 2016.
And since Xcel Energy is the only provider there is no possible way to avoid this tax. Golden Valley isn’t alone;
Some other cities that have both gas and electric franchise fees include Brooklyn Center, Hopkins, Minneapolis, Minnetonka, Monticello, New Hope, Robbinsdale, and St Louis Park.
And let’s not forget the cities have collectivize the garbage overcharge people as well to create another slush fund (oh excuse me revenue source).
One more thing; these taxes do nothing but hurt low income residents, single parents, and small businesses who are already paying more and more for energy, property taxes, fuel, groceries etc. And it’s these people that the tax and spenders are supposedly the great defenders of. But as always it’s never enough, government is never big enough, it never has enough. Look for this crap to continue to grow and come to a city near you…..if it hasn’t already.
We NEED to vote out these fools!