Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak has listed some cuts in the city budget he will make if the state doesn’t come through with the promised Local Government Aid package.
Last month, he outlined his “Plan A” budget — the way he proposes to spend money if the state makes the payment of $87.5 million promised to the city in 2011.
But if it isn’t forthcoming because of state budget problems, he’s got a Plan B, which calls for $18 million in cuts, mostly from the street-paving budget and paying down pension debt. The list:
- $6.1 million by delaying payment on pension debt;
- $4 million in preventive street maintenance, street resurfacing and alley resurfacing;
- $720,000 in innovative, cost-saving initiatives;
- $1.4 million more by delaying payment on pension debt;
- $5 million more in street and alley maintenance and resurfacing;
- $700,000 in the Fire Department.
And if that isn’t enough, he said he’ll consider an additional 1 percent raise in the property tax levy, which would raise about $2.6 million more.
Said the mayor in a statement:
“I would prefer not to make these cuts. I wish I could propose only one budget a year, but because of ongoing uncertainty about the State’s budget, we will need to adopt this two-tiered approach to budgeting now — and it’s likely that we will have to continue to making adjustments throughout the year.
“We must hold the State accountable to following current law and following through on its commitment to Minneapolis, but we must also spell out ahead of time what cuts we will make if it does not.”