Drop in state aid pinching Minnesota cities

  • Article by: JIM ADAMS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 19, 2008 - 1:13 AM

With a state tax shortfall of $5.2 billion, trimming has turned into cutting into core services.

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bradtheissenlaDec. 18, 08 3:52 PM

Start with Bureaucrat's Salaries: City Managers, City Administrators, all the layers of assistant and deputy managers and administrators in the state's cities and counties. All the white collar types who inflated land values for the past 10 years, causing homeowners to be upside down in their mortgages, and inflated tax revenues in the process. Time for a good ol' Merry Recession in the land business (mortgage rates, property sale prices, valuations, taxes).

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mahoneytDec. 19, 08 1:05 AM

or convince the school districts, especially District 622, to back the H off. That's where the majority of my property taxes are going. And for what? To fund the teachers pension plan. Well TFB. Maybe that will just have to wait or never happen. The schools are going to force more foreclosures because people cannot afford the 8% increase that some of us got hit with this year. Cut the sports programs, just for starters that will save the district a 6 figure salary for each coach. If parents want their kids in sports, etc. then they should have to pay for it. I don't paying taxes to educate but I do mind paying taxes for someone else's kids to play. Sorry, that's just the way it is. When we start digging into depression mode there won't be anything left. So make your choice, gouge the taxpayers now and lose everything or back off until things level out. Just the the UAW you will cut off your noses to spite your face.

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patrick845wDec. 19, 08 2:52 AM

Does anyone know, would it make sense for another department like the HRA to transfer say twenty percent of it's fund balance to the general fund to offset the loss of LGA? BTW I agree there needs to be serious changes in the way our governments spend money. Most informed cities and states should have anticipated these cuts. This recession didn't start yesterday. Let's hear some ideas. What are you doing? Pat

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inrealityDec. 19, 08 5:14 PM

a government budget that couldn't be cut. I have worked for varying government agencies for over 20 years, they all have excess, they all waste, they are all inefficient, they all have varying degrees of leadership from totally incompetent to marginally adequate with a few exceptions here and there. The problem is the government taxes too much, spends too much and tries to do too much. We need to starve government and let it continue to contract until we have a government that is bare bones and providing only essential services through efficient means. We need some government, no doubt, but we do not need a babysitter over every aspect of our society.

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ORIOLE75Dec. 20, 08 5:43 AM

Grab your wallets....the property tax hikes coming next year are going to be whoppers.

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Yvette47Dec. 20, 08 8:39 AM

We have a State Rep in my area who was just reelected and IMO, should not have been. During her previous term, every newsletter I received from her was full of bragging about how much money was being spent, how much more spending had been approved and what she was hoping to spend in the future! I responded to each correspondence from her with a simple statement, "Stop this spending, now". Her first newsletter after her reelection told us that now the budget is a challenge. It should have been viewed as a challenge earlier than last month. Prior to the last election, many of us were aware of the need to tighten our belts. It didn't happen, or happen to the extent it should have, so here we are, with a huge deficit - which could have been predicted - it didn't happen overnight.

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