Saying that the next governor will determine the fate of cities across the state, mayors announced at a State Capitol press conference that they are turning their attention to the 2010 governor’s race and will be traveling the state to call on candidates to address local government aid (LGA).
Small-town mayors often don’t ask for much, and when a group of them last week held meetings and press conferences around the state asking for tax fairness, it didn’t seem like an unreasonable request.
Members of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC) passed a resolution to urge the Legislature to reduce the governor’s 2010 unallotment of local government aid (LGA) at their annual conference in Brainerd, held July 29-31.
Alexandria Mayor Dan Ness gave a grim scenario of what could await the city in 2010:
Half of its 18-employee police department would be gone.
The parks and recreation budget would be eliminated.
The airport and the Runestone Community Center would close and the city would still have to cut another $100,000 from its budget.
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