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Aug 31, 2009

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While I agree abritrary cutting of LGA is not optimal, the LGA system is flawed to begin with.

How much does a community benefit from LGA? Assuming most of the dollars provided by LGA come from income tax receipts a portion of the income is paid by citizens. So how much of the Hutchinson LGA allotment was paid by Hutchinson citizens? For the most part it is safe to assume that the towns receiving LGA are getting a benefit but the lack of the transperancy in the system makes voting correctly impossible. Both at the state and local level the dollar shift obscures the impacts of decisions made by politicians.

I say remove LGA all together and base local government on property taxes/ local option sales tax. Divert the LGA money to expanding State aid for roads which is truly a more effective use of funds and achieves statewide goals.

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