Communities across Greater Minnesota will likely see property tax relief and retain the ability to provide police and fire protection and critical city services due to the 2013 Legislature’s action to increase and reform the Local Government Aid system.
“To be clear, this session was a significant step in laying the groundwork for a strong and sustainable LGA program into the future. Communities, families, businesses will benefit because we have a stronger LGA program today,” said Coalition President Bruce Ahlgren, the Mayor of Cloquet. “However, there continues to be a number of important steps that need to be taken to ensure long-term success and stability for communities in Greater Minnesota.”
Ahlgren pointed to the 2014 legislative session and said that it is imperative that Greater Minnesota work together to highlight the economic development, bonding and transportation challenges that are facing their communities.
“A statewide investment in transportation is needed to improve both safety and the flow of commerce. We were disappointed that resources were not provided this year to meet Minnesota’s growing needs, but we will hold state leaders to their promises that transportation funding will be a 2014 Session priority,” said Ahlgren. “Further, more is needed in targeted economic development for Greater Minnesota. We need to build support for programs that will help train workers and grow businesses in our communities, as well as the bonding projects that will provide jobs and long-term economic growth.”