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3/29/2013 5:20:00 PM
More LGA on the way?

By David Richards

The Byron city council unanimously passed a resolution March 27 in support of Gov. Mark Dayton's proposed $80 million increase for Local Government Aid.

In the proposal, Byron would receive $257,185 in certified LGA for 2014, an increase of 89 percent over the 2013 amount of $136,035.

While the council expressed its approval of the proposal, it also appeared cautious not to get too excited.

LGA, after all, which was once a set in stone amount for the state to give back to local communities, has recently become a figure that can increase or decrease on a moment's notice depending on the fiscal climate of the Capitol.

"I'm not going to hold my breath on that one based on the past," councilman Bret Baumbach said about the proposed increase.

Four years ago, on a recommendation by councilman Jason Snow, the Byron council agreed to take LGA completely out of its general budget, so it wasn't counting on the money if it was ever partially cut or done away with completely.

LGA is now part of Byron's capital improvement fund.

"I think that was the right way to go for Byron," said Mary Blair-Hoeft, city administrator.

The cities of Chatfield, Eyota, Kasson, Rochester and Stewartville have also expressed support for the proposed increase.

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