Tuesday, February 15, 2011

League of Minnesota Cities statement regarding Governor Dayton's expected budget announcement

From Jim Miller, Executive Director

Governor Dayton’s past role as state auditor, where he was charged with financial oversight of local units of government, appears to have influenced his budget recommendations. He recognizes the challenges cities face due to the fact that local budgets for 2011 were just finalized in December, leaving cities with few immediate options—other than cuts in city services such as libraries, community centers, police and fire services, streets, bridges, and others-- in the event of another round of state reductions.

He also acknowledges the longer-term pressure on the property tax that would occur under another round of state budget cuts. Given the fact that cities have been struck by repeated cuts to state aids and credit reimbursements totaling more than $300 million over the last three years, the League welcomes the Governor’s decision to protect the quality of life in our communities by sparing state aids and credits from further cuts.