Minnesota's Smallest Towns Facing CutsMinnesota's smallest towns are facing cuts in local government aid from the state for the first time.
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota's smallest towns are facing cuts
in local government aid from the state for the first time.
The Mankato Free Press reports Sunday that towns with a thousand
people or less have been protected in recent rounds of local
government aid cutting. But officials in small towns are worried
they won't be this year under Gov. Tim Pawlenty's budget proposal.
Small-town mayors and administrators say their budgets are
already bare-bones and that there's little room for spending
reductions. "We just don't have extra services to cut," says
Madison Lake city administrator Kelly Steele.
Steele estimates a cut of about $25,000 from a total budget of
about half a million a year. He says that would probably mean
having to lay off either the city's one police officer or or one of
its two public works employees.