Morris City Manager Blaine Hill, here presenting budget and levy numbers to the City Council in pre-COVID days.. (Photo: Marshall Hoffman)

Morris City Manager Blaine Hill told the KMRS Community Connection that he expects the state’s COVID-induced financial woes to bring reductions in government aid to the city.

“I really believe that the State of Minnesota is in a real world of hurt when it comes to revenues and budget, and that they’re going to have a deficit,” said Hill. “By law, they have to balance their budget and that means that they’re probably going to have to make cuts.”

When you take into account things like transportation and other subsidized departments, funding from the state and federal government makes up the majority of the city’s budget. For now, city budgets will be kept where they’re at with an eye toward cutting them as the financial picture becomes clearer in the coming weeks.

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