Support Growing for LGA Change

Downtown Austin

AUSTIN, MN — Support is growing around the state of Minnesota for a plan that will put more money in the pockets of rural cities.

More mayors of rural cities throughout the state are showing support for Governor Mark Dayton’s investment in Local Government Aid.

Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede and Austin Mayor Tom Stiehm are among those in favor of the plan.

It includes investing 80-million dollars in to LGA, while simplifying the payment formula for cities.

Austin city leaders say it is a fair compromise that will help rural cities.

“The original plan was tipped more towards the inner suburban area,” Stiehm said. “And this goes back to the rural area. The suburb still gets more money. But, we feel it is more fair to the rural cities again.”

If passed into law, Stiehm says it will be easier for towns to plan ahead, budget wise, into the future.

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