Below is a statement from CGMC President and Bemidji City Council Member Ron Johnson on the Senate tax bill, which fails to include any additional funding for Local Government Aid (LGA):
“A $30.5 million increase in Local Government Aid is our organization’s highest priority, yet the Senate fails to add even one cent more to help our communities keep up with rising costs. Without an LGA increase, cities will fall further behind and continue to struggle to provide essential services that our residents and businesses rely on. The Senate position will undoubtedly lead to property tax increases and potential cuts to vital city services.
“The positive side is that there is still time for the Senate to reverse course. We are grateful that the Minnesota House and Gov. Walz have both been steadfast in their support for a $30.5 million LGA increase this session. We are counting on them to continue to advocate for the needs of Greater Minnesota communities as negotiations heat up in the coming weeks.”