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Proposed streetlight fee increases

By Randall Jeppesen | Posted - Nov 21st, 2012 @ 9:00am

SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake City Council is looking at a higher proposed fee to pay for streetlights.

The proposal would cost $3.73 a month for single family homes, duplexes and triplexes. All other properties - including properties exempt from property taxes -- would pay $3.73 per month for every 75 linear feet of property facing streets.

Earlier this year, a $2.29 per month fee was proposed. The higher fee would allow the city to implement a plan for energy efficient lighting city-wide over the next 10 years.

The council's website says the current street lighting program is underfunded and has not kept up with maintenance, growth, and more efficient technologies.

"Core services such as light bulb replacement and pole repair are behind schedule," it says. "Also, the existing system has not been upgraded."

It says currently the program is funded through allocations from the city's general fund. The proposed ordinance would create an self-sustaining enterprise fund and generate an estimated $3.6 million to maintain and update the current lighting.

A public hearing on the proposed fee is set for Dec. 4.

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