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State of the City address indicates LGA cuts could hurt city (updated)

Published 8:24am Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The magic letters are LGA.

Mayor Tom Stiehm made that clear in his State of the City address Monday evening, focusing on Local Government Aid and its vitality for the City of Austin.

“We need to talk to our state legislators and governor and let them know that we do not consider LGA to be merely a handout, but rather a useful tool to equalize rural and urban areas,” Stiehm said.

Stiehm said the city have been working diligently since 1980 to reduce its workforce and other expenditures while still improving programs, roads, and the sewer system throughout the city. However, now that state lawmakers are working to crunch the budget so tightly, Stiehm said the city may have to do without some programs or severely cut back so property taxes don’t spike.

“If LGA were completely eliminated, the city portion, which is 34 percent, of your property taxes would increase by 300 percent,” he said. “If your home is valued at $100,000, the city portion of your property taxes would increase from $340 to approximately $1,000.”

Stiehm concluded his address by urging Austin residents to contact Rep. Jeanne Poppe, DFL-Austin, and Sen. Dan Sparks, DFL-Austin, and ask them to continue funding LGA.

Poppe can be reached at rep.jeanne.poppe@house.mn or 651-296-4193. Sparks can be reached at sen.dan.sparks@senate.mn or 651-296-9248.


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  • woodworker1

    It would be helpful to list email addresses for our legislatures. Since Pawlenty sunk us so deep in debt and then bailed out to do the dame for our country as a Presidential candidate, we need to follow Mark Daytons lead and tax those who make extreme profits off fellow state reidents. Also let the big businesses and corporations pay their share instead of giving them breaks. They share the pain should hurt equally and that must mean the financial burden as well.

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  • Hootch

    “We need to talk to our state legislators and governor and let them know that we do not consider LGA to be merely a handout, but rather a useful tool” stienhm

    So other people’s money is a useful tool not welfare ?

    How did Austin become so dependent on state welfare handouts that is bases half its budget on it ?

    A good leader begs for money for his people, that’s the sign of good leadership.

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  • Rhino

    DAMN IT DIDNT EVEN POST AND I GOT DELETED….

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    • Hootch

      They saw you coming and they knew you might saying some true and offensive.

      I misspelled it . . . is there an edit feature here or is this the low budget forum due to LGA cuts ?

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      • Rhino

        You know me Hootch… it was true… and offensive…

        But damn it was good.

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  • Hootch

    “If LGA were completely eliminated, the city portion, which is 34 percent, of your property taxes would increase by 300 percent,” he said. “If your home is valued at $100,000, the city portion of your property taxes would increase from $340 to approximately $1,000.” Steeheeheem

    No mention on his part about how much tax people in healthy cities like Edina, Eden Prairie etc. have to pay to keep floundering out state one horse towns like Austin alive.

    When did Austin become so destitute and why ?

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