Mayor Snyder sends letter opposing Quinn's cuts to cities
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[March 16, 2010]
At the Monday night voting session of
the Lincoln City Council, Mayor Keith Snyder shared copies of
letters he has written to Sen. Larry Bomke, Sen. Bill Brady, Rep.
Rich Brauer and Rep. Bill Mitchell regarding the proposed state
The city of Lincoln receives 10 percent of the state income tax paid
each year. This money goes into the general fund and aids in the
day-to-day running of the city.
Gov. Quinn is planning to cut that
10 percent to the city down to only 7, which equates to a 30 percent
loss from that particular funding source.
Below is a copy of the letter Snyder has mailed out.
In addition, another letter is being drafted for the city council
members to sign next week at the Tuesday committee-of-the-whole
Copy of mayor's letter:
March 11, 2010
Thank you for your
service on behalf of the 15,000 residents of Lincoln. The economy
has made things extremely difficult for not only families, but for
governments at all levels who serve those families. You know
painfully well that the State of Illinois is facing one of the most
precarious financial situations in its history. We are grateful that
you represent us and appreciate your efforts on our behalf during
these difficult times.
Yesterday in his
budget address Governor Pat Quinn proposed slashing municipalities'
share of the Local Government Distributive Fund by 30%. According to
his budget director, the proposal was put forth so that cities would
have "some skin in the game" over discussions to raise taxes. While
he may view the proposal as a negotiating ploy with municipalities,
the real "skin" that would be negatively affected by these cuts
belongs to local citizens.
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The Governor's plan
would cut funding to the City of Lincoln in the amount of at least
$355,000: a loss of $23.10 per resident. We have to have a balanced
budget in place by May 1; fifty days from now. With revenues that,
in the best case scenario, would be flat and with employee raises
that must be paid as required by existing collective bargaining
agreements, we already were planning to make sizeable cuts to
non-personnel spending to stay afloat. Throwing a $355,000 hole in
our path will leave us little choice than to make draconian cuts to
virtually all services and the people who provide them.
We urge you to
strongly oppose Governor Quinn's plan to alter the distribution
formula for the LGDF. With the State of Illinois facing a $13
billion deficit, the $300 million the Governor wants to cut from
local cities only amounts to a 2.3% solution to the State's
financial problem. Please allow cities across your district to keep
those funds and continue to provide vital services to our local
Anyone who wishes to contact this area's representatives and
senators can find their addresses by following this link in Lincoln