Securing Payment of Utility Charges

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Published: April 24, 2024

Securing Payment of Utility Charges
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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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