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City should weather state cuts well

While other cities are bracing for impact, the city of Rosemount won't feel much effect of budget cuts proposed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty Monday.

City administrator Dwight Johnson said the city had anticipated the loss and that the cuts should not change anything for this year's budget.

The city will not receive money from the market value homestead credit; however, the city had not counted on the money when it went through its budgeting process earlier this year. The city does not receive any Local Government Aid.

This is the second set of state cuts Rosemount has weathered well. Last year the state made similar cuts. Again the city had planned for the loss.

The budget Pawlenty proposed is in response to the state's estimated $1.2 billion budget shortfall through the middle of 2011. To create balance Pawlenty put forth a plan, which will eliminate nearly $600 million for local government and state welfare and health programs. He also cut about $180 million from state agencies.

The governor spared programs for the military, veterans, state public safety and K-12 classroom education.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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