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Street light fee voted down


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC-DT) -- Rochester residents and businesses will not be seeing that fee on next month's bill.

City council members were in agreement they had received no public support for the fee, despite communicating the need to make up that budget deficit.

Money used to pay for the lighting was transferred for public safety use totaling over $300,000.

Instead council members now say it's more likely the city will soon see an increase in property taxes.

Despite the response against the fee, both sides were represented by residents tonight.

One resident says, "It would grow bigger and bigger."

Resident Glen J. Tabor says it's important for the city council and public safety to stay connected.

Another option brought up tonight is to simply start turning off street lights.

If that were to be the case, to save the money needed, the city would flip the switch on half of the street lights.

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