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.