Friday, September 24, 2010

City officials in western Minnesota gather to talk about budget-balancing solutions
A combined total of 100+ city officials from the Crookston and Dalton areas gathered earlier this week for the first in a series of League of Minnesota Cities Regional Meetings for 2010. City officials discussed a variety of cost-cutting measures to offset revenue shortages brought on by a slumping economy and dramatic cuts to state aids for cities. As the Grand Forks Herald noted, city leaders in western Minnesota have been very creative with budget-balancing tactics for years, and have more good ideas for upcoming budget cycles, as well. And, as Minnesota Public Radio notes, this creativity has been shown in other regions of the state, as well. The League will resume Regional Meetings next week in the cities of Mountain Iron and Walker, and host October meetings in the cities of Eyota, Montgomery, Walnut Grove, aand Grove City.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Ideas, Opinions & Common Sense
The League of Minnesota Cities has posted a new video to engage Minnesota residents in a discussion of the League’s Cities, Services & Funding effort. The video ("Ideas, Opinions & Common Sense") is the second one released by the League in recent weeks. Nearly 15,000 State Fair attendees stopped by the League's Cities Matter booth during the 12 days of the Fair to view the video, pick-up a state map, or play the Cities Matter plinko game to learn more about city services. Those who have not yet visited the Outside the Ox web site are encouraged to watch the video there, and weigh-in with their thoughts about city services like police and fire protection, parks and recreation centers, street maintenance, and libraries, among others. The League hopes to gather ideas from residents of Minnesota cities about how those services should be funded in the future given new economic realities.