Minn. Taxpayers Petition Against $600K Street Lights

Updated: 01/16/2013 8:20 PM KSTP.com By: Jay Kolls

A group of taxpayers have signed a petition trying to kill a proposed streetlight project that would cost $600,000.

There would be 66 new streetlights on Penn Avenue South between 54th and Highway 62. Whenever the city improves a street, like Penn Avenue, the new decorative streetlights are included unless 70 percent of the property owners affected vote against the idea.

Most residents who signed the petition against the idea say they are just fine with the existing lights and do not want to pay for the "fancy" lights.

Betty Freiling tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS she signed the petition against the new lights because her assessment for them would be close to $8,000.

The petition has been sent to City Council member, Betsy Hodges, who represents taxpayers in that neighborhood. Hodges tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS she has not decided how she will vote on the proposed lights, but is impressed by the petitioners and will take into "consideration" their thoughts before she votes on the plan.

A city committee will take its first vote on the proposed "fancy" lights Jan. 29. If the plan is approved there, it will then go to the City Council for a final vote the following week.