Statement from the League of Minnesota Cities Regarding Allocation of CARES Act Funding

(June 25, 2020–St. Paul, MN) In response to today’s announcement regarding COVID-19 CARES Act funding to local governments, League of Minnesota Cities Executive Director David Unmacht issues the following statement:

“On behalf of the 833 member cities of the League of Minnesota Cities, I would like to thank Gov. Walz and legislative leaders for reaching an agreement on distributing $841 million of the state’s allocation of the Coronavirus Relief Fund, authorized by the federal CARES Act, to assist cities, counties, and townships across the state. The governor’s use of the legislative agreement reached by Sen. Julie Rosen, Sen. Kari Dziedzic, Rep. Paul Marquart, and Rep. Pat Garofalo will expedite the distribution of the funds, which must be used by cities by Nov. 15.

These funds will be critical for cities across the state that have experienced unbudgeted costs while executing a response to the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the residents in their communities. Cities set their budgets for 2020 last fall, long before the effects of the pandemic hit Minnesota. Since that time, cities have been forced to alter and modify their operations, purchase equipment, and redeploy staff to address the challenges of maintaining essential services to residents.

Although the federal funding cannot be used to replace lost revenue, the erosion of city revenues over the past several months have challenged cities even further as they continue to respond to the pandemic. The League will continue to work with our U.S. congressional delegation to secure additional federal assistance to address the steep loss of revenues affecting city operations.”