How are public improvements paid for in Lino Lakes?

New local roads and utilities are paid for by the developer at the time a subdivision is built, and the cost is passed on to the buyer of a lot or home in that subdivision. Reconstruction of aging roads is the City’s responsibility. In Lino Lakes, the City Charter supplements state law with additional procedures that include a general referendum if using a combination of special assessments and general fund dollars to fund improvements. According to an analysis by the League of Minnesota Cities, only Lino Lakes has a charter provision that requires a referendum on special assessments. The city has held four referendums to reconstruct certain aging local roads. Three have failed. If a referendum fails, the road cannot be reconstructed.

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1. What are public improvements?
2. What are special assessments?
3. What are the procedures for paying for public improvements under Minnesota State Law?
4. How are public improvements paid for in Lino Lakes?
5. What is the difference between road maintenance and road reconstruction?
6. Why can’t the City just maintain roads so they don’t need to be reconstructed?
7. What do those stakes mean?
8. Does the paint mark on my driveway indicate where the new street will be?
9. I'm worried about my trees and shrubs near the excavation area. Is there anything I can do?
10. It’s not raining. Why isn’t the contractor working?
11. Why are streets dug up so often during reconstruction?
12. What happens when schedules change on short notice?