What is a franchise fee?

Utility franchise fees are commonly found across Minnesota and the country as a way to fund city operations. Under Minnesota Statute (216B.36), cities can impose a fee on utility companies that use the public rights-of-way to deliver service. These utilities then pass on these charges to utility customers on monthly bills. As fees are collected through monthly customer bills, utilities then return the fees collected back to the city.

The Woodbury Audit and Investment Commission and Woodbury Parks and Natural Resources Commission worked together throughout 2020 to analyze franchise fees and other funding options and develop recommendations for community input and City Council consideration.

Replacement Plan Funding Recommendations Report (PDF)

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1. What is a franchise fee?
2. What will the cost impacts to residents and businesses be?
3. What is the estimated financial impact to non-residential properties?
4. Do other cities collect franchise fees?
5. What are the next steps to implementing a franchise fee?
6. Have more questions?