During a public meeting on Monday, January 3, 2011 the Ankeny city council passed the final reading of an ordinance establishing a utility franchise fee with MidAmerican Energy and on January 25, 2011 passed the final reading of an ordinance establishing a utility franchise fee with Consumers Energy Company. The money collected will go toward public safety and replace property taxes collected to finance increased fire and police services. The two percent franchise fee will cost a residential gas and electric customer approximately $34 a year. Commercial businesses will pay approximately $165 a year on average.
The new two percent franchise fee will generate approximately $800,000 and will be used to fund nine firefighter/paramedics at fire station #2 to provide fire services 24/7. The station currently provides only emergency medical services.
The city council has voted to establish a Utility Franchise Fee to provide adequate funding for public safety services and city infrastructure. The proposal allows the City to diversify its general fund revenue base and provides an equitable method of funding fire and police services.
The money collected from electric and gas franchise fees will allow for a reduction in the General Fund tax levy and the transfer of levy authority to pay for fire pensions, and offset an increase in the Debt Service Fund tax levy.
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- On January 24th the city council approved the final reading of an ordinance establishing a utility franchise fee with Consumers Energy Company.
- On January 3rd the city council held a public hearing on the establishment of a utility franchise fee with Consumers Energy Company. The first reading of an ordinance establishing a utility franchise fee with Consumers Energy was approved by the city council.
Regular City Council meeting Monday, December 20 at 5:30 p.m., in the city hall council chambers. Council approved second reading of Ordinance 1686 establishing a utility franchise fee with MidAmerican Energy.
- Regular City Council meeting Monday, December 6 at 5:30 p.m., in the city hall council chambers. Council will hold a public hearing and consider the first reading of a Franchise Fee ordinance.
- Regular City Council meeting Monday, November 15 at 5:30 p.m. in the city hall council chambers. Council will consider a Resolution on the adoption of a revenue purpose statement for the use or expenditure of fee revenues from proposed natural gas and electricity franchise fees. Council will also consider a Resolution setting a time and place for a public hearing on the amendment to the City Code with respect to establishing a franchise fee.
- City Council Workshop November 8, 2010 at 5 p.m. The city council discussed options related to the establishment of a Utility Franchise Fee. A hybrid plan was presented by city manager Carl Metzger.
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