LGA Reform Draws Approval

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AUSTIN, Minn. — City and county governments have dealt with less money from the state for years.But now, Minnesota lawmakers are considering increasing local government aid again.And that has city leaders excited.

The Austin City Council is expected to back a new look to LGA at tonight’s meeting.

Lawmakers have implemented a new formula that would determine the revenue of each city and bring LGA up to speed with current needs.

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“To some of the needy suburbs, which I think is newer,” Austin Mayor Tom Stiehm said. “I think that is a new thing. It comes out pretty much a wash for our city. At the same time, we are updating it and making it more applicable to the situation the state is in now and cities are in now.”Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has included an increase of more than 70 million dollars in LGA in his proposed budget.

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