Fargo Moorhead, ND/MN (April 5, 2011) – The Chamber supports continuation of local government aid programs for Minnesota counties and cities.
Several pieces of legislation being considered by the Minnesota legislature would significantly reduce Local Government Aid (LGA) funding to cities. LGA was designed as a state funded property tax relief program that helps to reduce the property tax burden on businesses as well as homeowners in Minnesota cities. The funding is essential for cities such as Moorhead that do not have enough taxable property to provide fundamental services.
“Many of the services provided by the City of Moorhead through LGA, including fire, police, street maintenance and upkeep of infrastructure, are critical to our businesses,” said Craig Whitney, Chamber President and CEO. “Quality of life services, such as libraries, parks, recreation and programs for young people and seniors are needed to attract and retain business and a quality work force. Without the funding that was certified to the City of Moorhead for 2011, the impact will unquestionably be realized by
the business community through drastic property tax increases and significant reductions in essential services.”
LGA cuts of over $1 billion since 2003 have disproportionately hurt cities in greater Minnesota.
Engaging and advocating for the continuation of local government aid programs for Minnesota counties and cities is in alignment with The Chamber's 2011 Public Affairs Agenda. The policy agenda was developed by a thoughtful assessment by the business leaders who serve on The Chamber's Public Affairs Committee and adopted by The Chamber's Board of Directors.
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