Posted at 11:06 AM on June 27, 2011
by Paul Tosto
The League of Minnesota Cities today says it's prepared to go to court to force the state to make payments to cities even if state government shuts down July 1.
Officials cited a memo Friday sent to county assessors, auditors and treasurers from the Minnesota Department of Revenue stating, "In general, local government aid payments will not be made during the time of a state government shutdown unless directed to do so by the courts."
The league argues that the aid payments are "standing or open appropriations that are not dependent on an overall budget agreement and, therefore, should be paid as required by existing law."
In a similar vein, the Minneapolis City Council will meet early this afternoon to talk over legal options against the state should a government shutdown stop local government aid payments. Minneapolis says its due to receive nearly $44 million on July 26.