Susie Brown, public policy director for the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, said it’s not for her to say if the amount of the fee to each individual nonprofit will have a significant impact. It’s the principle.
“The principle part is nonprofit organizations are exempt from supporting the operations of government, being that we are complementing the operations of government, and our resources are directed toward that,” Brown said.
Brown said the Council of Nonprofits understands the fiscal squeeze on local government, and even that certain individual-use fees might be understandable (water and sewer usage for individual operational needs, for example). However, she said, street lights serve the general public (street traffic outside the nonprofit, for example).
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