Grand Junction Officials Concerned About Unfunded Mandates

A survey taken at the National League of Cities Conference in Denver shows the biggest challenge for city officials around the country is dealing with tight budgets in the face of federal budget cuts and unfunded mandates, and Grand Junction administrators share those concerns.

Grand Junction Mayor Bruce Hill is attending that conference,
which draws officials from around the country to discuss issues related to city government. Unfunded mandates are those laws passed by state and federal governments that are not funded by legislators.

Such laws include requirements to meet the Clean Water Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. More troubling to some Grand Junction officials is a possible ending of community block grants, which help fund low–income housing projects such as Linden Park.

The survey of 414 city officals shows that 88% considered cuts in federal funding to be somewhat of a challenge or large challenge, with unfunded mandates being of similar concern.

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