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November 16, 2008
Ward asks state, feds to drop unfunded mandates
Statement from Mayor Art Ward this afternoon:
In light of the budget deficits anticipated in both federal and state governments over the next few years and the impact of those deficits on the municipal budget process, I am requesting that the state and federal governments review the list of unfunded mandates imposed on local governments in order to:
1. determine the extent to which any of these mandates are absolutely necessary 2. to evaluate the potential of prioritizing these mandates for deciding the extent of the impact on the local communities with regard to financial burden and the services intended by the unfunded mandates. 3. to assess the possibility of either eliminating or suspending any of these unfunded mandates until the cities can again realize a solid financial base for continued funding 4. this procedure would include all segments of city government including both municipal and educational venues. 5. If adoptable, this proposal might lessen the financial burden on the communities at minimal/no cost or exposure to the state and federal governments thereby easing the burden on the taxpayer as we approach our pending budgetary process.
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