The decline in in Local Government Aid (LGA) and drop in permit and fee income, as well as rising personnel costs, has led to a challenging budget situation. The projected decrease in LGA, according to the City of Northfield press release, is “just over $2 million dollars over the next four years or 20% of the General Fund budget”.
The deficit could be addressed a number of ways. The City Finance Director, Kathleen McBride, has suggested a combination of tax increases, new fees, and spending cuts.
The Council wants to hear the ideas, suggestions, and comments of Northfield’s taxpayers. If you believe that the budget deficit is an issue of importance to Northfield, you are encouraged to attend. For more information, see the City of Northfield website.