March 28, 2013

State bill targets Milwaukee streetcar utility costs

State Rep. Dale Kooyenga is drafting a bill that seeks to prevent utility companies from paying to move their underground lines for the Milwaukee streetcar project.

The state bill is intended to influence the ongoing debate between city of Milwaukee officials and private utility companies over the downtown streetcar. If the city is forced to pay the utility relocation costs, which are undetermined, it could come out of the $64.6 million budget for construction of the system.

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