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Twin cities stand to lose millions in proposed state budget

Mon, 11 Mar 2013 09:45:49 CDT
By: Charlie Schlenker

Twin cities stand to lose millions in proposed state budget Governor Pat Quinn last week minimized how his proposed budget would affect cities and towns that receive state revenue sharing dollars. But, Mayor Chris Koos of Normal says the proposed cuts are NOT minimal at all. Normal would lose more than a million dollars a year and Bloomington would lose even more. Koos says those amounts are too big to cope with by deferring projects. There would be cuts to the current budget year...

"Obviously some of the 'nice to do' programs will be the first to fall. Then we've got to look at what we can do most efficiently, you know, things we can live without"
Koos says it's too early to say the likely areas of loss. He says the town would have to go through a mini budgeting process to hear from a number of stakeholders before the council would decide. He hopes the municipal league and local lawmakers will be able to stave off the Governor's proposal, though the House passed revenue estimate is even lower than the Governor's spending total.

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