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Mayor continues dialogue with governor on special session

Mayor Herb Bergson has sent a new letter to Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty regarding the need for a special session of the Minnesota Legislature to pass a tax bill for 2008.

Mayor Herb Bergson has sent a new letter to Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty regarding the need for a special session of the Minnesota Legislature to pass a tax bill for 2008.

Last week Governor Pawlenty responded to a July 6 letter from Mayor Bergson outlining the need for a tax bill to avoid potentially damaging Local Government Aid (LGA) reductions which would place added strain on the 2008 City of Duluth budget.

The Governor's reply said in part that the City should be able to fund services without greatly increasing property taxes or cuts to essential services. Mayor Bergson replied in part:

"If someone is telling you it would only require a moderate local property tax increase to maintain necessary services, they are ill informed...I know Minneapolis and St. Paul are in the same situation as us and also need your help."

A copy of the mayor's letter to Governor Pawlenty and a chart outlining the City's LGA receipts since 2000 is attached.

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--City of Duluth press release

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