LGA funding agreement is imperative

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 22, 2003

Lawmakers would be wise to reach a compromise with rural Minnesota.

Currently, Gov. Tim Pawlenty wants a 30 percent cut in local government aid to cities, including cities just like Austin.

Already, Austin has taken steps to cut back costs in the anticipating reduction of LGA funding by offering early retirement to city workers and cutting funding to various agencies. Plus, the city has sought continued input from citizens on how Austin can save more money without compromising services.

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We have maintained that the city should do its part to help the state balance its horrendous budget. But, at the same time, new proposals should be considered.

Reaching some sort of compromise sooner than later may be the best option. If not, rural communities like Austin could be left getting even less LGA funding than anticipated.