If Gov. Jesse Ventura has his way, Brainerd could lose more than a half-million dollars in aid this year.
Ventura's proposed budget deficit solution includes reducing local government aid, and Minnesota cities -- including Brainerd -- are reacting with resolutions to lawmakers.
At Monday's Brainerd City Council meeting, the council passed a resolution in opposition to the proposed local government aid reduction. The resolution will be sent to area legislators, the House speaker and the Senate majority leader.
The city of Brainerd stands to lose about $514,000 in government aid under Ventura's proposed 2002 budget cuts.
Though the Minnesota House and Senate will have a say when the legislative session convenes at the end of this month, Dan Vogt, Brainerd city administrator, told the city council that Brainerd department heads have put capital purchases, unnecessary travel and discretionary spending on hold.
The Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities, which recommended the resolution to the city, reported five reasons why local government aid shouldn't be cut: a cut would promote property tax increases, jeopardize government services, make the 2001 tax reforms unfair, cut city aid twice in two years and make local governments pay for the governor's fiscal management.
If the governor's proposal does pass through both the House and the Senate, the city likely would make cuts in its 2002 budget to make up for the lost aid.
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