Friday, May 29, 2009

Unallotment update -- cities prepare for worst
Over the past several days, there has been significant media coverage of how projected state aid cuts (local government aid and market value homestead credits) are affecting city budgets, and how cities are responding. The City of New Brighton, for example, is considering offering early retirement packages among other options while the City of St. Paul is placing a number of ideas on the table. The City of Crystal is putting parks and rec as well as community centers on the chopping block. And, some cities in Cottonwood County have analyzed their general funds for target areas. There are many more stories of layoffs that will impact quality and volume of city services delivered unfolding metrowide and statewide, as well.