PLEASE CONTACT YOUR MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
ABOUT THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT FUND
TELL THEM: TOGETHER LET’S PROTECT THE COUNTY TAXPAYERS
The budget adopted by the Senate includes a $33,692,568 recurring increase to the Local Government Fund (LGF).
This increase was created by taking the House allocation of $33 million to cover 1 percent of the retirement system local government employers’ increase, and appropriating that money to the LGF.
Although the House plan to cover 1 percent of the employers’ retirement system increase was good, the Senate plan is even better. In addition to protecting local government employers, the House appropriation sends money to non-profits and federal employers. By directing the money to the LGF, the Senate plan successfully covers more of the required increase for county and city governments, and therefore saves property taxpayers more money!
It is important to note that the LGF is, first and foremost, property tax relief. Because local taxpayers are being required to shore up the state retirement system, putting this money into the LGF is a smart method of protecting county taxpayers.
The General Assembly is on furlough this week and should be available at home.
Please contact your House member and thank them for the effort they made to cover 1 percent of the retirement system local government employers’ increase. Thank your Senator for helping protect the taxpayers of your county.
Ask BOTH your House member AND Senate member to support the Senate version because it ensures more money going back to county government, saving the taxpayers from massive property tax increases!