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Mayors take victory lap on Minnesota local aid bump

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Mayors from around Minnesota say they'll be able to maintain their fire and police staffing, be able to tackle backlogs of local road projects and pay down debt thanks to an $80 million bump in state aid to cities.

The increased local government aid also means $40 million more for counties and $10 million for townships. The mayors met Wednesday with Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans.

In approving the higher allowances, legislative Democrats said they hoped it would ease pressure on homeowner tax bills. To make sure, the Legislature also imposed a one-year cap that limits the amount property taxes can rise.

St. Paul's mayor says his goal is to keep the tax levy flat in his next budget. Cloquet's mayor says he is looking at reducing his levy.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.