Minnesota lawmakers consider a fairer take on LGA

  • Article by: Star Tribune Editorial Board
  • Updated: March 19, 2013 - 6:28 PM

New formula would give neediest Minnesota cities fairer shake.

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FrankLMar. 19, 13 8:29 PM

There should be one additional factor. Every tax paying business you run out of town or refuse to let build should be deducted from the payment. This should be reserved for towns that can't build tax base, not for cities like Mpls and St. Paul that find fault with every business that comes along.

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pitythetoolsMar. 19, 13 8:50 PM

My city has never received a dime of LGA money. We pay for the services we demand and other cities should raise their own property taxes to pay for their desired services.

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jpcooperMar. 19, 13 9:42 PM

Its not the responsibility of the State government to use State tax money to subsidize local governments budgets of its choosing! Every city in this State has the authority to collect funds from its jurisdiction through property taxes. In some instances cities are allowed to collect a sales tax for local funding. City spending and budgets are set forth by elected officials voted on by the citizens of such city. Each city is responsible for their budgets and should be responsible to fund their voted on expenses!

At the very least the cities of Mpls, ST Paul, South St Paul, West St Paul, Duluth, Rochester, St Cloud, Mankato should not be receiving any LGA!

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yardboyMar. 20, 13 7:20 AM

Just another government program full of bureaucracy where our politicians take money from the masses that allows them to be the sugar daddy in picking the winners and losers across the state. We should not be rewarding cities where they simply have poor long term planning and controls of their own finances (revenues and expenses).

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texas_technomanMar. 20, 13 8:02 AM

Here's an idea. Why not lower all of our taxes by whatever LGA doles out, and then let local governments tax for what they need....cut out the middleman. That would work for federal taxes as well. Then we could quit giving the fed's money to dole out to all those red states down south.

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Don9539Mar. 20, 13 8:21 AM

I pay for government services in my town for my family and then have to pay again for another town. Utter nonsense. Unlikely I will ever understand collectivism.

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mike2636Mar. 20, 13 9:21 AM

No taxation without representation! LGA should be eliminated entirely. Why is it money out of my paycheck should be used to build say a convention center in St Cloud, or a domed soccer field in West St. Paul? Since I don't live there I have no chance to vote for the representation who decides they new a brand new convention center or a domed soccer field. Tax locally and budget locally. That way I can hold MY elected official responsible for their decisions.

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gandalf48Mar. 20, 13 9:42 AM

Here's the easy solution, remove all LGA to any city or town. Then allow any city or town to create an additional sales tax in that area up to 1% which would go to that locality. The sad part is that Minneapolis already has that power to raise their own individual sales tax and yet they still take LGA funds.

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beebee82Mar. 20, 1310:07 AM

mike2636, first, LGA will never — ever — pay for St. Cloud's civic center. The higher sales taxes those of us in surrounding communities pay whenever we shop or dine in St. Cloud pays for projects like that, as well as bonding mechanisms.

Second, we can all pretend we live in island communities not affected by anything that happens down the street, but the facts prove that notion delusional. If the rural towns surrounding your perfectly funded region can't afford police protection, education or decent roads do you seriously think the spill over of crime, ignorance and crummy intrastate travel won't affect you?

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FrankLMar. 20, 1310:10 AM

I can understand LGA to help smaller towns that just don't have the resources. After all a sewage treatment plant probably costs about the same whether it is serving 10,000 or 50,000 people, but we all benefit from cleaner water. That being said, I see very few times where LGA would be needed in the TC. Smaller government units can share services or merge if the costs are too high.

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