Franchise Fee language upheld by Charter Commission

The Ramsey Charter Commission held a meeting on Thursday, August 27th, and on the agenda was an amendment to severely limit the city’s use of the franchise fees. The Commissioners voted after much debate, and the amendment failed on a 5 to 3 vote.

I would like to applaud those Charter Commission members who saw through the weak argument of the amendment and voted for keeping the charter language as is.

Some people running for office this year are trying to argue that the Ramsey City Council has not prioritized our roads. I find this confusing, because a Road Pavement Plan has been in place for the last 5 years. In addition, the city’s Capital Improvement Plan details future road improvements through 2029.

Because of the action we took in starting the franchise fee, the city now has a stable funding source for road maintenance and repair. The new system has many advantages:

  • Eliminates costly assessments on families that can least afford them
  • Availability of a franchise fee rebate program for those who paid assessments in the last 5 years
  • Eliminates interest on road funding bonds
  • Allows projects planned by city engineers to proceed on schedule
  • Has a 5 year sunset in place for the council to review

I believe in this plan because it is fair for all Ramsey residents. As I’ve said before, your support is an investment in our shared future, and I humbly ask for your vote on November 3rd.

If you would like to vote by mail, you can receive your ballot by visiting or calling 763-324-1300.