ALBERT LEA, MN — Some area cities are starting to plan their budgets for next year and they are getting a little more help than usual.
Local Government Aid in Minnesota is increasing by $80 million a year and some area cities will be seeing some of that.
City leaders in Albert Lea, where the population is around 18,000 people, say they rely on support from the state.
“It’s everything. It’s about 35 percent of our budget so without it our world would change dramatically so at this point we really count on that to keep our city moving ahead. Without that money, our services would decrease quite significantly,” said Albert Lea Mayor Vern Rasmussen.
He says it is still too early to tell exactly what the budget will focus on, but he says the extra LGA money will hopefully help them keep the levy at a flat level.