For Immediate Release                                                                                    
Contact: Julie Liew

Below is a statement from CGMC President and Willmar City Council Member Audrey Nelsen on the continued importance of Local Government Aid (LGA) in light of today’s budget projection:

“Cities are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response and will need to be strong to provide a platform of services, public safety and infrastructure to support recovery efforts. The most important thing the state and Legislature can do to ensure that cities can continue to meet the needs of their residents is to provide LGA payments on time and in full.

“Today’s budget projection highlights the challenges ahead for our cities and the state. As we continue to deal the immediate and long-term effects of the pandemic, there is deep anxiety among city officials about the potential for lost revenue from reduced property tax collections, fees and local taxes. With city budgets stretched thin, it is vital that the state makes its regularly scheduled LGA payments in July and December.

“When I talk with other city leaders across the state about their community’s needs and concerns, one of the questions that comes up most often is ‘Will we get our LGA?’ LGA has long played a key role in ensuring that all cities in Minnesota are able to provide the critical services and infrastructure our residents and businesses rely on. As cities struggle with the uncertainty ahead, LGA will be even more critical to providing a firm foundation for economic recovery.”

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The Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization that represents cities outside of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The Coalition educates legislators about issues important to Greater Minnesota. Visit the CGMC online at greatermncities.org and follow us on Twitter @greatermncities.