Brooklyn Park’s City Council accepted a $111,097 grant from the state of Minnesota and released the state of liability claims related to issues with the Minnesota License and Registration System, commonly known as MNLARS at its June 24 meeting.
The grants came as a part of legislation approved during the recent state legislative session. The state’s taxpayers have already spent more than $100 million in the past 10 years on the dysfunctional MNLARS system, which was launched two years ago. The state is doing away with the troubled software system and will replace it with an off-the-shelf software program. The Legislature approved a $53 million allocation for the replacement of the system in the legislative session’s transportation budget bill.
As part of the legislation related to MNLARS, the state appropriated $13 million for deputy registrar reimbursement grants to offset the negative financial impact created by the deployment of MNLARS. These funds were allocated to deputy registrars offices based on a calculation related to the total number of transactions performed by deputy registrar offices during a specific time frame.
The funds will be allocated into the city’s 2019 general fund budget.
The city was required to sign a grant agreement and liability release form by June 30, 2019. The council had the option to refuse the grant and not sign the release of liability and pursue individual legal action against the state.
LaTonia Green, Brooklyn Park’s finance director, said that the city was fortunate to be receiving this money from the state and that the city’s staff was not recommending the council attempt to hold out for additional funds.
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