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Crosslake Council Says No Assessments for CSAH 66 Sewer Extension

Web posted May 17, 2022
By Paul Boblett, Editor

The Crosslake City Council decided to not assess any of the benefitting property owners for the County State Aid Highway 66 sanitary sewer extension.

The 3-2 split vote confirmed that the project will now be funded by all taxpayers residents in the city through property taxes.

Mayor David Nevin, and council members Dave Schrupp and John Andrews voted in favor of the measure. Voting no were council members Marcia Seibert-Volz and Aaron Herzog.

Schrupp read from a memo he wrote explaining his the reasons not to assess that included:
• No one was assessed for the original sewer collection system installation.
• No residents or commercial entities on the original system were assessed.
• Assessment amounts for businesses appear to be unreasonable following city policy.
• Businesses asked for lower assessments, but that is impossible to do because of city policy.

Schrupp’s memo also stated, “The assessment policy sounded great three to four years ago. but was not well received by city residents and businesses. In the past we have not assessed road improvements because we have the ability to pay for bonds with general levy dollars.”

In addition to not to assessing benefitting property owners, the council approved a change to sewer connection fees by a 4-1 vote (voting no Seibert-Volz). Residential sewer system connection fees will be $5,500 and commercial connection fees rose to $9,200. This was done to reflect the value of the dollar today, compared to 2006.

The council still held a public hearing on Monday, May 9th prior to the regular monthly meeting, and heard from several people. The majority of them were in favor of the project, and the fact that there are no assessments.

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