The Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities wants lawmakers to boost funding on Local Government Aid by $45.5 million by 2017. That would restore LGA to 2002 levels. So just how much more money could cities expect to get if this bill were to pass the Legislature?
The coalition shared with me a handy chart outlining their estimates for what cities would receive. In the case of Rochester, the city's LGA annual payment would jump from over $1 million by 2017, climbing from $7.1 million in 2015 to an estimated $8.2 million by 2017.
But before city officials get too excited, it's worth noting that not all lawmakers are on board with this idea. House Property Tax and Local Government Finance Division Chairman Steve Drazkowski, R-Mazeppa, said recent increases in LGA did little to hold down property tax increases. He said he’ll be asking supporters of an LGA funding hike, “How are you going to decrease property tax bills with that because it didn’t happen last two years?”
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