WDAY.com

WDAZ: Your Home Team

Published May 28, 2010, 05:39 PM

MN Cities Having Trouble Making Budgets

Eighty percent of cities in Minnesota have reported that they are not going to make their budget for 2011.

The League Of Minnesota Cities annual review for 2010 is out and the outlook for 2011 is not looking good. Eighty percent of cities in Minnesota have reported that they are not going to make their budget for 2011.

It's been a rough three years for Minnesota cities as they try and combat state budget cuts.

Scott Huizenga/EGF City Administrator: "Over 60 percent of cities have enacted a budgetary measures to address the state revenue short falls in the forms of both revenue increases and cuts to services as well."

With other cities doing everything they can to fill in the holes of their budget Huizenga says East Grand Forks is lucky because of its location.

Scott Huizenga/EGF City Administrator:"Just because of the diversified economy that we have and our geographic location to our sister cities if you will are probably in some what of a better shape than comparable communities."

Huizenga says that he was not surprised that this report shows that 80 percent of the states are having trouble. And says East Grand Forks' cuts along the three years have saved them now.

Scott Huizenga/EGF City Administrator: "Even though we have been doing this periodically we have to look at more long term solutions to the problems to be had. So, that's what we are focusing as we go into our 2011 budget. "

According to the review the majority of the cities in Minnesota expect to recover from the recession in 2 to 5 years.

Tags: