Securing Payment of Utility Charges

Informational Memo

Published: July 29, 2020

Securing Payment of Utility Charges
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This material contains general information; it should not be used as a substitute for legal advice. Any attorney general opinions cited in this material are available on request from the League’s Research and Information Service staff.

Learn about setting rates for municipal utilities and on what basis cities may make charges; applicability of state sales tax. Find a discussion of credits and penalties; special rules for rental property, manufactured homes, properties in foreclosure or in bankruptcy. Lists remedies for nonpayment, including certifying for payment with taxes. Discusses federal clean water act, red flag rule requirements and the Minnesota Cold Weather Rule.

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