Popular and important Storm Lake organizations face uncertain financial ground following legislation in the Iowa Statehouse that would cut funding to cities statewide by $70 million.
Storm Lake stands to lose between $200,000 and $300,000, according to Mayor Jon Kruse.
If those cuts are passed, he warns that residents would see "significant changes to the operations of the city."
Those changes would include a reduction in city services, as well as reduced appropriations to community programs like Community Education, Senior Citizens, Witter Gallery, Storm Lake Area Development Corporation, Upper Des Moines and the Regional Transit Authority, he said.
Storm Lake's city leaders are urging citizens to contact their local legislators to voice their concerns over the proposals.
The measure was approved by the House Appropriations Committee, and now goes to the full House for debate tomorrow as lawmakers seek to end this year's session in the next couple of weeks, said Justin Yarosevich, administrative services director for the city.
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