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Published February 14, 2011, 10:35 PM

EGF Council Member Says LGA Could Depend On Dayton Budget

An East Grand Forks City Council member said he is waiting to see if Governor Mark Dayton's budget will affect the city's local government aid.

An East Grand Forks City Council member said he is waiting to see if Governor Mark Dayton's budget will affect the city's local government aid.

Dayton recently vetoed a bill proposing to cut LGA.

"We impressed upon them the importance of LGA funding to our budget," said Craig Buckalew, East Grand Forks City Council Vice President.

One-third of East Grand Forks' $8 million budget. Buckalew said it helps lift a burden off taxpayers.

"The legislators we spoke with, their contention was that one dollar in LGA cuts equal 68-cents of additional demand on taxpayers," he said.

After lobbying for LGA in St. Paul, Buckalew said Governor Mark Dayton gave the council a bit of hope. Dayton vetoed a bill proposing to cut LGA after it passed through both houses of the Minnesota legislature.

"What he was looking for was a more comprehensive approach to the budget."

Buckalew said Dayton, a supporter of LGA, should release his own budget later this week.

Buckalew hopes balancing the $6.2 billion budget does not come to weakening cities.

"We're either going to have to look at reducing services to the community, or a cost of those services will have to be bore by the taxpayers."

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