Council to take an early look at budget

Published 10:19 am Monday, June 1, 2009

The Austin City Council will have a work session Monday evening aimed at taking an early look at the 2010 city budget, which could very well be impacted by a cut to Local Government Aid.

The council anticipates Gov. Tim Pawlenty will announce his final LGA unallotment plan for 2009 within the month, and he could also address 2010 plans then. Previously, Pawlenty has called for $579,374 in LGA cuts for 2009 and $1,209,834 in 2010.

City officials say LGA funds account for more than half of the city’s budget, and one of the primary goals of Monday’s meeting will be to address creative solutions to potential cuts.

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The work session will also address potential increases to the city’s sewer use rates—the last increase came in early 2001.

Monday’s work session will follow the regular city council meeting, scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

Items of note on the docket include authorizing studies for the North Main flood project and approving a revised plan for airport expansion.