Northfield colleges give $150,000 to city 26 Dec 11

It may be an annual gift, but that doesn’t make the St. Olaf and Carleton College donations to the city of Northfield any less appreciated.

This month, each school presented city staff with a check for $75,000 for the “city’s support services to the college communities,” according to City Administrator Tim Madigan. Neither Carleton College, on the east side of town, nor St. Olaf, on the west, pays property tax on most of their property.

Both schools have made the voluntary annual contribution to the city since the 1920s. Finance Director Kathleen McBride told the Star Tribune the gifts go into the city’s general fund for police, fire, road work and other services.