Cities, villages and towns are calling for the General Assembly to avoid taking money from them to balance the budget next fiscal year. This fiscal year's budget features reduced tax payments to municipalities through the local government distributive fund (LGDF). In addition, a fee was tacked on to sales tax collections. A number of Mayors urged lawmakers to keep last year's reduction as a one-year move as planned. Jerome Mayor, Mike Lopez, whose village borders the Capital City of Springfield, says since last year his community's budget has been cut to the bone, if not deeper.
At one point Jerome was unable to pay village bills for six weeks.