A Post-Crescent Media (http://post.cr/1gRi8Ty ) survey of 10 communities found that lease fees added up to nearly $1.2 million. That money is being used to offset property taxes and utility fees.
Appleton collected more than $250,000 through 14 leases. The Town of Menasha brought in $246,000 and Neenah made $176,000.
The antenna sitings provide a steady stream of money. Carriers are willing to pay the fees rather than build their own towers.
But some communities aren't happy. A state law restricts their ability to reject cellphone towers, which some say gives carriers too much power.