As a small city mayor I have experienced how the loss of a large portion of state funding has hurt small cities and counties. Local Government Aid's (LGA) purpose is to allow small communities to have equitable services compared to larger communities whose tax bases are larger. Local governments have been placed in a predicament of either cutting services or raising property taxes to make up for lost funding. Public safety could be at risk if city police departments are eliminated or reduced because of lack of funding. Raising property taxes too high is certainly a hardship for all people, but especially those on fixed incomes.